Thanks Giving

Every night before i go to bed, i write what’s known in The Rooms as a Gratitude List.

Basically, i spend 5 minutes writing down the different things for which i’m thankful, and the first item at the top of every list is:

1. Sobriety

Why? Because without it, none of the other stuff on the list would be there.

Be well and enjoy this Thanksgiving Day.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on November 24, 2011, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery, Toolbox and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Much as I have come to loathe Thanksgiving as a holiday as time has gone by in my life, I am truly down with Gratitude. Go Gratitude! Too bad a day that should be about gratitude has become associated in my mind with complete family dysfunction, and delicious food that I can no longer eat. I honestly feel it has become a celebration of Gluttony, and the day after about Greed. About the only thing at which I might be able to get a little bit excited would be the football games. I feel somewhat nostalgic about those. But not enough to really care much.

    And so:

    First, am thankful I live in a place where it is just another Thursday. WHEW. Big serious thanks for just being totally unplugged from the Thanksgiving nightmare.

    Second, I am also very thankful for your sobriety. It has brought about a whole new level of possibilities in life for us, for our weird and wacky family.

    • It’s sad that you have such bad memories associated with the holiday, especially considering Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday because there was all the fun of eating good food and hanging out with the family (and drinking, of course, who’s kidding who?) but none of the pressures that are associated with events like birthdays and Christmas.

      Still, living in Yeaman and not having any access to the real American Thanksgiving, i know from experience that to try and recreate the feeling is not only pointless, but depressing as well. So, your disdain for the holiday is safe with me, Angel!

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  2. First, YAY SOBRIETY! It’s they only way to roll even if it can be especially tricky at holidays.

    You rock!!! Keep it up!!

    Second, for whatever reason … i haven’t been getting notification of your posts. And being stupid as a post i didn’t think to “dial direct” and catch up. Shit. I’ll sort it out!


    • Thanks for stopping by, Melis!

      It’s funny, but i think i’m starting to actually enjoy the holidays more because of my sobriety. Go figure, i always do things back-asswards.

      As for the notifications, i had this problem with some sites as well. To fix it, i went to the WP dashboard and under the “Dashboard” tab i scrolled to “Blogs I Follow”. When i clicked on that, i had a page where i could chose how and how often WP contacted me about the subscriptions i have. This may be the solution for you as well!

      Keep Coming Back,

      Al K Hall

  3. Number one on my list right now is:


    Number two:


    You are in both columns. Thanks Al. My best to the Mrs. xx Jen

    One day at a Fucking time. one day….

    • Jen,

      I can only be a crutch for those strong enough to ask for one. You are managing your sobriety beautifully, deftly and with much grace, Jen. That you’re able to maintain with so much on your plate is an inspiration.

      Keep coming back one fucking day at a time,

      Al K Hall

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