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Celebration



There's a party goin' on right here

A celebration to last throughout the years

So bring your good times and your laughter too

We gonna celebrate your party with you

Lyrics from the song Celebration by Kool and The Gang


We celebrate our sobriety.  We celebrate life. 


In the meeting rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, there is a tradition to celebrate sobriety anniversary dates. Coins or chips are given to commemorate the achievement. We celebrate and then get on with the business of working on the coming day, so we have cause to celebrate our tomorrows.


For those with less time sober, the acknowledgment provides hope, and the rest of the meeting offers guidance to better living.


In sports, winners tend to start strong AND end strong.  Champions stay strong throughout. Superstars honor their victories while valuing their losses. At the match's end, there is time to celebrate and almost immediately preparation for the next contest begins. Game tape is reviewed, practice ensues, and preparedness becomes the call.


Sobriety circles hoist the trophy not out of selfish pride but as an example to others that success in recovery is possible.  That victory awaits those who are open, honest, and willing to follow the victor's path.


It is in the details of the playbook and a commitment to execute the suggestions that lead to daily wins.  Wins add up and turn into weeks, months, and years.  The seemingly impossible transpires before our eyes. It is the ultimate underdog story. Indeed, these transformations are cause for celebration.


Successful recovery, we have found, is a team sport.  We rely on each other for support, accountability, encouragement, education, and as examples.  We celebrate our triumphs collectively and trudge through our tragedies together, constantly seeking growth through understanding.


The secret sauce of continued success seems to be the strength that comes from selfless serving. When a team plays altruistically, victories tend to come more readily. The team triumphs when it becomes about what we can do for our teammates.  We serve together and we celebrate together.


For those who seek authentic sobriety and wish to stand on the winner's podium, a keen eye must be set on those who have obtained the crown.  Replication breeds duplication.  Emulation of what we see working will drive us to our desired outcome. 


The road to success is fraught with failures. Each experience was needed to place us in the position we possess today.  It is not the disappointments we celebrate but our decision to learn from the past. 


Michael Jordan missed many a shot. Tiger Woods fell short on many a putt.  Teams take beatings.  The Yankees don't win the World Series every year.  We have failed in many areas of our life.


Winners are teachable. Champs take all their experience with them into the next game.  

To go for the win every day can be exhausting.  We get that.  Back when we were abusing alcohol, our heads hit the pillow (or the floor), spent from the battle we could never win. 


Today, though depleted, we rest in the knowledge of accomplishment – a feeling of fulfillment.  We smile as we celebrate another day sober.  We thank our fellow players for their role in our recovery.  We thank them for ringing the bell, standing up and announcing their milestone, and sharing with us how they got there.


Anybody can achieve champion status.  We have seen that time and time again.  We live to tell others our stories and share the details of our journey so they can join the celebration.


Today, we celebrate good times.

 

 

It's time to come together.

It's up to you, what's your pleasure?

Everyone around the world, come on!

Lyrics from the song Celebration by Kool and The Gang



 

 

Thoughts and ideas for this blog post were taken and built upon from a sober.coffee podcast, #145, titled " NEW YEARS 2024”  The session dropped on 1/3/2024….Click here to hear the podcast. 

 

Photo by Wout Vanacker on Unsplash

 

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