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Raenelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:30 PM
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Self-obsessed and pamered recovered alcoholics get 2 birthdays
and today is my 24th AA birthday--24 years clean and sober today.

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disgruntella Donating Member (983 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:32 PM
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1. hey, happy birthday!
Your title made me :) - I used to attend open AA meetings as a relative of an alcoholic.

:party:
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Cappurr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:34 PM
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2. Congratulations
I've got thirteen years, but I don't go to AA anymore. I should, I know. It would help me a lot with other issues.

But good work and keep it up one day at a time.
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Raenelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:50 PM
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10. I worked with 3 people with long-term sobriety who didn't go anymore
10 years, 14 years, and 19 years. They were fine.

My guide here is that movie Days of Wine and Roses. There's a scene where he's talking to his sponsor. He's got 4 months, and he tells his sponsor that his wife also has 4 months, and she never went to any meetings. His sponsor says that's irrelevant. The point is does HE need meetings.

I go through periods when they fall off and periods when I'm there a lot. This week I barely went because the meeting I went to last week was so damn boring, old-timers droning on and on and on and on until I wanted to scream. I should have known--the topic was compassion. Like we know anything about THAT! Now resentment--there's something we can all talk honestly about.

Anyway, thanks Cappurr, and it's nice to know you're a fellow traveler of that road.
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Cheswick2.0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:36 PM
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3. I am so Proud of you and so happy for your loved ones
congratulations
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Caution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:37 PM
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4. congrats!
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:40 PM
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5. Congrats, Raenelle !!
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 12:45 PM by Richardo
My father is about your "age". Proud of both of you! :party:
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Girlfriday Donating Member (570 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:41 PM
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6. Congratulations!
Really tough to do! :thumbsup:
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Raenelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:44 PM
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7. You'd think. But it was much much tougher drinking alcoholically.
Now THAT took will power.
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treefrogjohn Donating Member (268 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:48 PM
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8. And I'm sure you don't look a day over 20!!!
Every time I hear an old-timer racking up another year I am good for another day. Thanks and have a great birthday!!!
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:49 PM
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9. A Giant Happy Birthday...
Too bad we can't solicit for gifts for both birthdays, that'd be a hoot and a half. 10 years-Aug.21
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catmandu57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:57 PM
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11. Nothing to add just glad to be here
I've heard that a few times, anyway congrats for making it so long. I don't go to AA anymore, I guess it comes down to knowing who you are, and why you got on the merry go round in the first place.
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roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 01:29 PM
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12. That is GREAT GREAT GREAT
But you know you really only have today, go AA. At least that is what my Friends of Bill W. tell me. Thanks for posting your wonderful news.
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Raenelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 01:55 PM
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13. Thank you everyone for your good wishes
But no congrats--I did what I did (get sober) out of sheer desperation, and I've now been sober long enough to realize how cheeky it is to expect a pat on the back for doing what normal people do just as a matter of consequence and duty.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:07 PM
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15. Congrats Raenelle!!
:thumbsup:
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roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:32 PM
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17. It is better to be a good example as opposed to being a horrible warning
And you are a good example, reading that may give someone else hope. Congratulations again.
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maxanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:03 PM
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14. Happy Birthday Raenelle
I turned 14 last month!! :party:

I'm proud to be trudging the road to happy destiny with you. :thumbsup:
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Raenelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:40 PM
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16. Maxanne. Thanks. Me too.
One cool thing I discovered. Go to page 164. It's the road OF happy destiny, not TO. We're already there, trudging yes, but it's here now, not in the future. Peace and love. :hippie:
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:34 PM
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18. 24 Years of "One Day At a Time"
I have the utmost respect for anyone who can keep with the program.

Here's to many more birthdays to come!!!!!
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zanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:43 PM
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19. Raenelle; Congrats from another old-timer!
25 years as of July 27!
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catpower2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:48 PM
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20. Wow--wonderful!!
My mother had 15 years in February, so I know what a HUGE accomplishment this is for you! Congratulations isn't the right word--more like great job on hard, hard work!!

And even now, it's still one day at a time, right?

Cat :hi: :hug:
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:18 PM
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21. Congratulations
Being close friends with a recovered alcoholic, I know how much it means to be sober after suffering with alcoholism. May you have many more AA birthdays.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:33 PM
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22. an excellent accomplishment
truly something to be proud of
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Plaid Adder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:43 PM
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23. Happy birthday!
I have a good friend in AA and he passed his 2nd anniversary last March. 24 is really something. Have cake!

C ya,

The Plaid Adder
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zekeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:50 PM
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24. Thanks, Raenelle
I love this kind of post. As one who just passed his 4th "birthday" this June I find a lot of encouragement in your story.

:yourock:
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