A couple of days ago I recorded a live group call in anticipation of American Thanksgiving … so that I could post it today. You might want to listen to 30 minutes while commuting, or 5 minutes while you’re putting on makeup, or for 12 minutes when you take a time-out break to hide in the bathroom. You might want to step outside of the celebrations and listen for a few minutes on your phone.
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while this is not ‘my’ holiday, exactly, i still have lots to be thankful for. thankful that my heart weirdness from last year is stable now. thankful that i’m back to running my usual distances. thankful that i’m living in a new apartment that gets more beautiful every day. thankful that my husband does all of the heavy lifting (physical and emotional). thankful that we’re heading to london on the weekend and i’ll be enjoying my birthday in a vacation city.
and thankful for you. glad you’re out there. super glad for this online sober community. glad i can check in here whenever i need to have a group of people who already ‘get’ me without explanations or justifications.
Comments from participants:
Anonymous (day 48): “Belle, really enjoyed the group call. You are a brilliant speaker and have a really lovely way about you. You asked me to speak…and im so sorry i couldnt…..i kinda froze coz i was afraid my story was far too scummy and sordid. It was still beneficial to me coz i got the chance to hear you live, and it was great 🙂 And i need you to know how grateful i am for that. I’ve tried umpteen times before to quit, but it’s different and seems much easier this time coz i have you in the background supporting me.”
Daisy (day 53): “I wasn’t kidding when I said its like you speak a different language listening to you talk. Its really like not being alone anymore. Everyone else around is either normal or a boozer with their own issues barking way. There’s no balance, current boozers want to booze, normies don’t get it. So unless you find someone who talks the same language, you’re alone … So, thank you a heap and a half. I knew you were anonymous, I guess I didn’t realise that you were doing it all on your own, when you said it I just thought wow. Not in a gushy way, just in a fucking hell, it really can be done kind of way.”
Justme (day 4): “Your podcasts help me so much. It’s as though you’re in my tiny, dysfunctional brain and you’re showing me a way out. Thank you.”
Troxy (day 38): “Today I am grateful to you. you are the voice that calms me, the friend that understands me, and the mentor that gently keeps my sober car moving in the right direction. You have found what feeds your soul, and this sober community is so so blessed to have you with us on our journey.”