Saturday, May 28, 2011

My First Decade



Today marks the tenth anniversary of my sobriety. It's still a bit surreal to me. My sponsor gave me my coin on Wednesday night. It felt so good to see the pleasure on her face as she handed it to me and hugged me.
The hard work paid off, and by the grace of God I'm a first timer. I make sure I tell people that when I share in meetings, not because I'm so fantastic, but because people who are new need to see that it IS possible to do this without relapsing. After his infamous relapse David Hasselhoff was quoted as saying that relapse was a part of recovery. He's wrong. Relapse isn't a part of recovery, it's a part of the disease. If you do the hard work you will stay sober. No one said it would be easy. But it's better than what you left behind, that's for sure. Sometimes it can seem harder to be sober, because it feels like you have more problems. You don't; it just seems that way because now you have to actually face life and deal with it, rather than medicating yourself and escaping.

There is no other feeling like this on earth. I am thankful. I am blessed.

7 comments:

Life With My Boys..... said...

So SO proud of you, sweet Shay! You totally and completely rock! Proud to call you my friend, Girl!!! I love you, and I MISS you...

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Congratulations! Kicking a habit is hard, sticking with it seems almost impossible.

Wish there was a support group for nailbiters!

BeLoVed AiMeE said...

yay....proud of your ten years of hard work and faith <3

Thenonbloggingfriend said...

You're also amazing <3
Much love my dear friend

KateO said...

awesome. I'm so proud of you.

Anonymous said...

Geesh, I typed a response but think I failed at the sending part... Oh the woes of neglecting the computer lol!! :)
Congratulations my friend on such an amazing birthday!! Praising God with you as you continue with the next 10 years ... and beyond! And thanks for highlighting that failure doesnt have to be an option! <3

Liz

Shay said...

thank you all SO much! Amy, miss you too, very very much. Liz, glad to see your name appear here, I've been missing seeing you!