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A Small, Sober Fish in a Big Freakin’ Pond…


I was at a meeting yesterday. Collectively, we had 198 years of sobriety in that room. I counted.

Alone, those two items don’t equate to a very big deal – that happens all of the time in the program.

A little context makes that meeting rare, though…

There were only six people in the room, and I was almost the noob in the group with just 25 years. There were four with more than 36 years, myself and another with 25.

It’s a rare day I walk into a meeting feeling like the noob, and that Monday meeting was as good as it gets. I didn’t even share much for fear of getting in the way. I just sat back and watched it happen, simply grateful to be in the room to watch it.

Good times and noodle salad. It was as good as it gets.


  1. tammi1438 says:


  2. saoirsek says:

    I feel like a newcomer last week listening to a guy sober just 2 days. Brought it all back. Absolutely no way I’d stop going to meetings for any length of time. Did it a few years back for a couple of months. Not a great idea. Obviously didn’t drink but also probably a joy to be around 🙂

  3. joliesattic says:

    Wow! I’ve watched the show Elementary and it amazes me the stages, triggers and obstacles down the sober trail and how important meetings are long term.

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