Friday, October 31, 2008

Yesterday's Meeting & Biting the Bullet

I didn't get to a meeting on Wednesday -- I'm going to get 2 in today. Yesterday I went to an 11:45 am meeting in my town. It was such a beautiful day -- mid-60s, sunny -- what a great day to be sober. And today's weather should be the same! Yesterday's meeting was a topic meeting. One of the members has 10 months of sobriety and wanted to talk about how to remain sober during the holidays.

For me, making sure that I have an "out" -- no matter where I go -- is number one. If my husband is likely to stay somewhere longer than I, I drive separately. When we visit my in-laws back east, we stay in a hotel and get a rental car. And whenever I am out of town, I hit meetings in the area.

Thanks to everyone for their kind suggestions about contacting my former friends. I had steeled myself for some not-so-kind comments and was pleasantly surprised to have such consistent support. You guys rock.

I wrote to both friends this morning, asking how they are doing. We'll see if they write back. ::crossing my fingers::

So it's time to look for a meeting... I'll post later about how that goes.

Thanks for listening - JO

5 thoughts:

J-Online October 31, 2008 at 10:18 AM  

I'm so glad you brought up how to handle the holidays. I was thinking about that yesterday. You brought up some great points. Thank you

JubilantOne October 31, 2008 at 10:24 AM  

Hiya J... glad you found something helpful.

I forgot to mention what another member said... "Get there late and leave early." Great idea.

I also think it's important to recognize that we don't have to make excuses for leaving... When we put sobriety first, it's our business. Although saying "I don't feel well," is an easy way to explain and has the added benefit of being true. :-)

Anonymous October 31, 2008 at 10:26 AM  

We had one of those perfect "sober weather" days here in my town just yesterday. It was beautiful. Glad you are having a good day :)

Unknown October 31, 2008 at 2:52 PM  

I've joked with folks who have offered me alcohol at parties that if I have one drink I'll be living in their basement, now this may not be completely true, but i have to put my sobriety first and that does mean come late leave early, or to have my own "out.' Thank you for the great reminders.

dAAve October 31, 2008 at 4:35 PM  

That there's some great advice. I pretty much do the same stuff too.
Have a safe weekend. Please.