I love our Living Sober community. I just love it. There is so much warmth and kindness going on in the Members Feed – not to mention grit and determination.
I especially love how new members are instantly welcomed in the moment they join…! Often a new member registers and instantly they get hit with lovely welcome notes from the old-timers. They say things like ‘Great to have you here, you’re in the right place’ and ‘lots of warmth and support to be found here – welcome’.
Sometimes a member has only been registered for a day before they start welcoming in other newcomers! It’s such a brilliant sense of ownership that Living Sober members have over this site. Yes! Own it people! It’s all of ours. OURS! US – the big amorphous swirling group of addicts.
I feel very keenly that I am in a gang – always have. From very early in my blogging days I have felt surrounded by a gang of like-minded people who were just like me, understood what it was like to be trapped and addicted, and wanted to help.
I kept my ‘gang’ very close to mind when I was ‘coming out’ on the TV and with my book etc.. and I keep my ‘gang’ very close to mind even now whenever I’m hit with some negative feedback or a tricky Mrs D situation. I always think to myself ‘I’ll take this hit for the team’.
All of us people who struggle to control alcohol and need to learn how to live without it are on a team. We are united, and here at Living Sober that unity is displayed so openly and brilliantly. And all you have to do to join the team is self-identify as being someone who struggles to control alcohol.. that’s it!! Then you’re one of us.
One of our team members @nugget is off on holiday today – a well deserved trip overseas purchased with the money he has saved by not necking crap-loads of wine over the past few months. He sent me a message at 4.30 am from the airport (!) with a note to share a picture with all of you. His exact words were “this is a very good pic which would be great to share with the group.”
I love that. I love that @nugget was thinking of us at 4.30am at the airport heading away on holiday. I love that he called us ‘the group’. I love that we are a group, a gang, a team.
Lurkers, if you haven’t already, join us now. All you have to do is self-identify as being someone who struggles to control alcohol. No big decisions need to be made at this point. Just register, pop into the Members Feed and see what happens. I promise you won’t regret it.