After family group, Gerry stopped in my office. “At the meeting last night they were giving out coins for sobriety anniversaries,” he said. “Everybody was clapping, except these two really old guys sitting up front. The one looked annoyed, and the other just shook his head.”
I said, “When I first got sober there were a few old-timers who believed you should never celebrate clean time. Getting too happy about an anniversary could give you a big ego, make you lose focus, maybe relapse. There are still a few people around who think that way.”
“What do you think?”
“I think life is too short to pass up a chance to celebrate. When you reach a plateau, it’s a good idea to look around and appreciate how far you’ve come. Celebrations motivate me to climb the next peak. When life is hard, and I feel like I’m trudging through a swamp, the memory of the celebrations remind me of better times ahead.”
Today I will find something to celebrate.
Needles Not For Knitting is a work of fiction. Any resemblance between the characters and anyone you might know is purely coincidental.
Needles Not For Knitting (c) 2017 by Ken Montrose
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