Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Real Gifts of Christmas. Sober.


***Submitted by Ellie, who is Founder of Crying Out Now

There have been many Christmases I don't remember because I drank too much, unable to entertain or enjoy life without a glass of liquid courage.

I am a sober woman now, and don't need alcohol to enjoy the holidays.

This Christmas I'm taking it slow and easy, enjoying every moment I can, trying not to get too stressed about work, or presents, or what to feed people, or if my house is perfect, and I'm mostly doing a good job.

My life is good. I am grateful.  I am in remission from cancer, I am sober, and my kids have stars dancing in their eyes.

I take a deep breath in, and let it out slowly.  Out with my breath goes stress, grief and fear.

I breath in deeply again, and in comes peace, joy, acceptance and serenity.

My yoga class instructor always ends with a meditative reading.  I'll share it with you, because it helps me put my heart where it needs to be. I can give these gifts because I am sober, one day at a time. And OH so grateful:

On the first day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of my Undivided Attention.
On the second day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Enthusiasm.
On the third day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Creative Energy.
On the fourth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Simple Seasonal Pleasures.
On the fifth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Tenderness.
On the Sixth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Good Cheer.
On the Seventh day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The Gift of Beauty.
On the Eighth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift Communication.
On the Ninth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Surprise.
On the Tenth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Wonder
On the Eleventh day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Peaceful Surroundings.
On the Twelfth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Joy.

Peace to you and yours this holiday season.


Love,

-Ellie

5 comments:

  1. Congrats, Ellie. As always, thanks for sharing your story with us. You're a true inspiration. This is my first holiday season sober and I've never been happier. I never imagined I could make it through a Thanksgiving or Christmas without wine or cocktails, but I have and I will. And, because of my sobriety, I will enjoy it all and remember it all. I'm so grateful.

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  2. Wonderful post Ellie. *HUG* Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    I hope that the woman I love can follow in your brave footsteps one day. I hope she finds the courage, the will and the strength to fight her addictions and face her fears, self-doubts and insecurities that are currently giving her addictions the power they hold over her.

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  3. Thanks for the encouragement & TO ALL HAVE A HAPPY SOBER NEW YEAR!

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  4. Thanks for sharng you inspiring story. Not sure how to access the Booze Free Brigade. I keep reading about it. 64 days sober and going strong. However the holidays do present challenges. Thanks Karen

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