People who are coming up on their year of sobriety, picked up a year sobriety, ya know, today, and who just celebrated a year with sobriety, are usually the happiest people you have ever seen. They have that glow about them. You know that glow of someone who just achieved the seemingly impossible. And the truth is they did. They achieved something that for most addicts and alcoholics within their first 24 hours of sobriety seems only like a dream. But that is why that person with a year celebrates; not only to celebrate their own success but also to show others that it can happen.
Here is the Stuff People with One Year Say
Posting a “so grateful” or “so blessed” Facebook status: Facebook is the social platform for our generation or maybe just the human population in general? Yeah, human population in general sounds more accurate. So if anything special happens for you of course you need to put out for the world to see, on Facebook! People with one year will usually post a Facebook status about how grateful they are and how much God has everything to do with staying sober and they had nothing to do with it; they will talk about being blessed; loving their life and so on and so forth. This is great. These people usually get a gazillion likes on Facebook and about half a gazillion congratulatory comments. Celebrate! YEAH! But it is important to remember after the buzz of that many people patting you on the back via thumbs up on Facebook that you get back to humble ground and start helping people. Don’t let the buzz of one year go too far to your head. And you know what I mean.
On (insert sobriety date) I will have one year sober! Yes, we know! You told us about 100 times before today how close you were coming to a year with every chip before this one you picked up. I shouldn’t be sarcastic…it is a huge deal. I know because I did the exact same thing. The one year mark is a big one for us. But don’t worry you’re not going to forget your sobriety date and neither are the people who are really excited to celebrate with you.
It was hard enough to stay sober for even one day! Oh yes, I know. And this is a perfectly acceptable thing to say because the person who hasn’t been able to stay sober for a day can really relate to that sentence whereas they might not be as capable of relating to the whole “life beyond your wildest dreams.” Remark. Tell them how hard it was to stay sober and how you managed to get where you are now. You are an inspiration. Hold onto that hard beginning it is what will keep you humble and relatable in my opinion.
I have (insert large number) of sponsees today! To put it simply this is an indication of nothing. The amount of sponsees you have tells me nothing about your program except that there were enough people who were sick enough to want you as sponsor. Don’t get all high and mighty but shouting numbers of sponsees. Remember sponsees are exactly the same as you, human beings, suffering from alcoholism, who need help; they aren’t tally marks or bragging rights. With that said though I am glad you are helping (insert large number) of sponsees today! That is awesome and that is what really matters.
Trust God, clean house, help others- This is just a lazy way for you to say work the steps. Which is understandable because going into long detail about it is exactly the same thing. This is simple and to the point. And it really is how you stay sober.
I love my life-Of course you do and why shouldn’t you? You have a year sober. You success story, you.