33 Years of Sobriety

By Lynne Baginski

Yesterday I celebrated my 33rd year of continuous sobriety. If anyone had told me that, in the early days, I would have laughed and said, “If I live that long.”

Today, my life is peaceful, simple, selective, and spiritual. The peace comes from working the program, going to meetings, sharing my experience, strength, and hope with others, and talking to newcomers.

Today my life is simple because without alcohol creating disruption, I enjoy the simplicity of conscious thought and thoughtful actions. Many of these consciousness tools I learned during The Process, which I took during my 6th year of sobriety, in 1991. I pray, meditate, and connect with my higher self, on an ongoing basis.

I get up at the same time each day, and begin my day with a prayer of thanksgiving, and a good cup of coffee. I always marvel, at the thought that, well I guess God wants me here for another day. I go to bed around the same time each night. It is important for me to get good quality sleep, so I keep the temperature low, say my prayer of thanksgiving for another day well lived (as in sober), ask for protections during my sleep, and it goes pretty well. My higher power has done a marvelous job taking care of me.

I am selective about the people I associate with, the places I go, and as much as I am able, try to be mindful that I am a spiritual being having a human experience.

For me, these actions and perspectives bring sanity to my day, and to my life.

Blessings to all.

Lynne Baginski