Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Sober Birthday


Dearest C.,
I want to tell you how happy I am that you made a choice three years ago to not take a drink. For the last 3 years, one day at a time, you made the decision to not drink. I can't tell you how many times I wished for that to happen.

It was nice to hear your happiness when you got calls from friends in AA this morning. You found your way to a place where there is much love and support. I don't know whether you will be sharing your story today or not. But I hope that a newcomer will be at the meeting to realize that it is possible to be sober and enjoy life.

I admire you for giving as you have freely received. You have never been one who thought of rewards, recognition, or personal gain. Instead I see humility and a desire to help others. I appreciate that you live by the idea of fulfilling your needs by giving away what you have.

And I see how much you enjoy life. I sense a lot of contentment and joy in you. Whether it is time that we spend together or those things that you want to do, there is peace within for which I am truly grateful. Thank you for the privilege to share my life with you. It's a good life that we have together.

Much love,
Syd

29 comments:

  1. What a wonderful letter. You write with such feeling and depth.

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  2. Congrats to C and to you for standing by her!!!

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  3. Awww. You made me bawl here. Happy 3 years to your wife. What a touching tribute to your wife, sobriety and AA. Love you man!

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  4. This is the sweetest and most heartfelt post.

    Congratulations to all parties!

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  5. aaaaaahhh thats nice syd.
    very thoughtful as always :)

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  6. I hope you have a chance to tell C this. It truly is amazing what a difference sobriety and the grace of a loving G-d make.

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  7. What a great letter, Syd! This really inspires me. Thank you!

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  8. A moving letter indeed! You continue to enhance the entire AA-ala-non experience for all those who find their way to you.

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  9. Wow...lucky to have you in our lives! ALL OF US!

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  10. Lovely sentiment - reminds me of a similar article I need to write in a few days...

    Blessings and aloha...

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  11. Congrats to both of you Syd! I'm sure it has been a long journey, but days like this remind you that it is worth it.

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  12. Dear Syd,

    I have not figured out how to send you a big smile, pat on the back, hugs for you and your spouse, and a feeling of great pride that I share with you in this accomplishment. I can only imagine the personal feelings that C experienced in accepting this
    3rd year chip!

    Congratulations to you both for 'hanging in there,' no matter what!

    Hugs,
    Anonymous #1

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  13. An incredible accomplishment, indeed. Congratulations to C. Well done :)

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  14. Excellent Syd darlin' - Excellent

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  15. Happy Birthday to your wife! She's workin' it!

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  16. It's so good that you and your wife are both in recovery and very rare. She's a lucky gal to have you. Congratulations to her too!jeNN

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  17. Wow. Be still my heart...

    great job!

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  18. this brought a tear to my eye...I bet it did to hers too. Happy 3 Years.

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  19. Nicely Syd. Regards to you both and congratulations to your beloved.

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  20. what a beautiful tribute to C, I am so happy for you both. You are both blessed to have one another.

    Thank you Syd for BEING YOU

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  21. Sounds like y'all have that seesaw going just right.

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  22. So beautifully written, congrats to C on 3 years sobriety.

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  23. WOO HOO! Happy happy birthday to C
    Happy Happy Birthday to C
    Happy happy joy joy and stuff like that!!!!!!!!

    Amazing ain't it??

    It ain't easy, but thank God it is simple.

    Blessings and continued togetherness in recovery.

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  24. I LOVE reading about sober birthdays.

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