“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”
– Leo Rosten
Today is 23 years without a drink or drug! My recovery anniversary if you will. I must say however, that through the years I have had differing beliefs about celebrating this event. My first year I was happy but, I felt I was celebrating something that I should have been doing anyway, living clean, sober and productive! Then year two I was very prideful of the fete. In year three I remember the old timers at my group would fly back from Florida to celebrate. They would talk and talk and talk and the meeting would go on for nearly two hours. I would think man this is not about them. This is to show that it works!
Today I continue to have that belief, that I share this day with every new-comer to say hey this works and it works well! Today I do not have an opinion on why others celebrate or how long they share. It is how they feel. It is something to be proud of! For me I believe Rosten, the purpose of life is to be useful to others!
This morning the first e-mail I read came from my son Sean. It said congrats, lets do dinner, and I made something for you. The plaque… If I could share the rewards that I have received through the years it would be a two hour read! What drives me today is the desire to make a difference in peoples lives, including my families! Life is good!!!!
Go, Go, Go…