As many of us do around the New Years holiday, I’ve been thinking this week about the past year and its milestones.  There have been a lot of highs: birth of a new grandson; our granddaughter’s first performance en pointe in The Nutcracker a couple of weeks ago; a wonderful Christmas; good health, mostly; a new smartphone; promotions for both Michele and me; a 23rd year clean and sober for the two of us; a good — possibly great — new quarterback for the Dolphins; my 50th high school reunion; a new Sunrise facility in Ft. Lauderdale; another birthday (not all that great, but it beats the alternative by a mile), and stuff like that.

The lows were few, really.  The death of my friend and coworker Gary was probably the biggest one for me personally.  There have been so many on the national and international scene that I won’t even try to number them.  It is what it is.  Life goes on.

One of the biggest things for me, though, is the satisfaction I’ve gotten from writing for this blog and my own websites.  I spent a big part of my life trying to do important things, with greater or lesser success depending on how you measure that.  Looking back, though, no personal accomplishment begins to compare with the feeling I get from writing about recovery, answering questions for newcomers, and generally knowing that I’m contributing to the good of the recovering community.

I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging.  Far from it.  I’m always amazed that people appreciate what I do, and that I’m able to do it.  I can’t take credit for the abilities and tools I have at my disposal, nor for the fact that other folks are happy to provide me with the information I need to do these things.  About the only thing I can take credit for myself is the willingness to learn and pass on what I’ve picked up along the way, and you folks reward me for that by reading the stuff I write and telling me that it has helped.  Yeah, I get paid for some of it, but (don’t tell the boss) I’d do it anyway.  You can do it too.  Just go to a meeting and talk to someone.  That’s how it works.  It feels good, and it helps you stay sober.

This is going to be a good year.  I can feel it coming on.

Happy New Year!

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