There are things in our lives that we don't think we will ever share with the general population, let alone blog about it some day, but today I will share my special day with you all.
Today I have 10 years sober by the grace of God, the support of family and friends, the program of AA, and all of my new Sparkfriends. My life is so rich and blessed today. My gratitude is overflowing.
10 years ago I was at a pretty ugly bottom. Short cutting a long story, I put myself in rehab, one of the most courageous things I've ever done in my life. I had to take responsibility for my life, surrender to God, and take some very important life time steps. My health was precarious before my sobriety, but since March 15, 2002 I have had more health issues to work through. I believe my body was letting me know that it needed to purge and start over.
I have solved each physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issue one day at a time for 10 years. The discovery of Sparkpeople last June was one more miraculous blessing in my life. I still have health issues, due to genetics, aging, and the poor care I gave myself in the past. But, I am healthier and happier now than I have been in my entire adult life.
I'm thinking about my twin brother today. He was murdered right before our 25th birthday in a store robbery. He was not given the opportunity to travel this highway of life. All of the many tragedies and road blocks I've encountered have been a privilege, giving me the opportunity to experience the miracles and blessings, and to be here today, honoring all that I have.
Today I am counting my blessings. It might take me all day........maybe more.
Thank you, Sparkpeople, for being the positive, non judgemental community that you are.
If I have a message today, it is to learn from the serious mistakes of others before you, like me. Be kind to yourself, praise yourself, hug yourself, affirm yourself, and let that love become outgoing today. You are important! The universe needs each and everyone of us, today........not down the road sometime!
Sending you all peace and love today and always.