Friday, May 8, 2015

ON BEING SOBER 28 YEARS TODAY



"[M]y transformed state and feeling [after a period of excruciatingly painful illness] were, I suspect, very close to what Nietzsche experienced after a period of illness and expressed so lyrically in The Gay Science:
'Gratitude pours forth continually, as if the unexpected had just happened—the gratitude of a convalescent—for convalescence was unexpected…. The rejoicing of strength that is returning, of a reawakened faith in a tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, of a sudden sense and anticipation of a future, of impending adventures, of seas that are open again.' "

--Oliver Sacks, from an essay entitled "A General Feeling of Disorder" in The April 23. 2015 issue of The New York Review of Books


15 comments:

  1. Happy rebirthday. And many blessings!

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  2. Congratulations. Your writing has been such a blessing to me.

    Susan

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  3. 'If you're lucky, you'll give up all hope of ever being happy in any way you thought you were going to be.' Just used Mgsr Terry's line yesterday at a talk on prayer at the Naval Postgraduate School. Had no idea it was the vigil of your celebration of 28 years of grace following upon grace, dear Heather. Big hugs!

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  4. Congratulations Heather! Blessings and love!

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  6. Congratulations! Keep letting go and letting God. I would love to read your thoughts on emotional sobriety one day...the drugstores some of us carry in our heads.

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  7. Heather, what a wonderful day to continue to mark, and happy that you shared it with all of us. "Gratitude pours forth continually...!'' Wow! Did you have any idea what was in story for you?! God has blessed us all with your sobriety. Love to you!

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  8. Congratulations! And multos annos!

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  9. Such a milestone to celebrate, Heather! We have many addictions in our family, so this is truly a blessing to celebrate. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  10. Congratulations, dear Heather!

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  11. Congratulations! Sober in Mary's month!

    Your experience, strength and hope has been an inspiration to me.

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  12. Blessings and congrats, Heather! So much good good has poured from your past misery.

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  13. Crazy, right? Thank you so much everybody. Ever more grateful as the years roll by...

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