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A Simple Message for Today About Life In Recovery

November 2020
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In recovery, everything is possible…

Oh, how I love November 18th!  One more year in the book, only three more years, 200-some odd days left to hit 1,000,000,000 seconds in recovery!  And if you’re curious, 28 years and a few hours (six) works out to:  883,634,400 seconds.

Looking back on the final months that led up to my ultimate swearing off of all mood and mind-altering drugs, it doesn’t take but a few seconds to remember why I quit.  My life was a freaking train wreck and my prospects for a happy future were bleak at best.  I couldn’t even deliver pizzas very well.

28 years later, I’m on the back end of a cool career that I quite enjoy, in a wonderful marriage that produced two wonderful daughters, with a nice roof over our heads and reliably decent transportation.  Above all, I am content and live in peace.  

Before I quit, I couldn’t muster enough cash to get out of the state (that’s a long story).

In recovery, it’s literally been decades since I’ve had to look over my shoulder.  Life isn’t perfect, of course, but “perfect” was never in the brochure.  Peace, happiness and contentment were, and I’m plenty fine with that.  After all, once you’ve already lived through hell and had your HP lift you out and save you, well, it’s easy to look at recovered life as wonderful.

So the message for today is this; I don’t know if I’ve got another recovery in me, but I know I’ve got another drunk in me.  As long as I don’t drink and work a program of recovery, just for today, I don’t have to go through what it took to get here ever again.  Better, peace and contentment are not only possible, they’re probable.

That walk through hell sucks, and I don’t want any more of that.


21 Comments

  1. elisariva says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. Kecia says:

    Whoop! Whoop! Happy Anniversary!

  3. Lisa M. Boyd says:

    Awesome on 28 years. I wonder if you, and my husband are close to the same age. He too will have 28 years in a couple months. If he gets there. He was young in the program. Hey have a rad day! 28 years of “one day at time”!

  4. unironedman says:

    Okay. But bikes ARE mood-altering drugs, just sayin’!

    Congrats on the milestones past and to come.

  5. Brent says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary. I’m headed for #8 on the 26th, which is appropriately enough Thanksgiving Day this year.

    It’s kind of fun to think in terms of that date a couple years from now when you will hit a billion seconds of sobriety. I’m enough of a math geek that I calculated that by hand for my sponsor as I had had a flash of curiosity as to what 31+ years of sobriety looked like. We didn’t have an app like the one you pictured above back then. There were a lot of confused looks when I stood up in our home group and announced that he had passed 1 billion seconds of sobriety that day. Even he had to scratch his head a bit.

  6. Sue Slaght says:

    Congratulations Jim! Inspire onward.

  7. Bryan B says:

    Fantastic. Great to see fellow trudgers celebrate the milestones. Keep on Keeping in!

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