Louisey at Letting Go has given me my first blogging award! Like so many of the blogs I read, I did not understand or anticipate the community that exists among bloggers. I’ve come to see that there’s quite a community of long time recovery and AA bloggers who read each other’s blogs and comment and give each other awards, meet up and such.
Letting Go was one of the first recovery blogs I began reading, almost a year ago. This award is to go to bloggers that show great attitude and/or gratitude. I’m going to try to give some kind of little review here. Most of the blogs I read are written by people like me. Mostly in the suburban US with abundant meetings, rehabs, and all the resources we take for granted every single day. Letting Go is written by someone who lives in South Africa. The deprivation she describes is beyond my imagination. Not to be dramatic – she seems to have enough food and adequate housing. She has a computer and the internet, for goodness sake, though the issues she sometimes has with it sound like what we went through in the early 90s.
But she has no meetings. Truly, I do not know that I could make it and stay sober with no meetings. I guess at this point I could, but she’s not quite where I am in years acquired.
She also lives around grinding poverty, the kind that hurts your soul. The political and family upheaval she’s been through could fill many volumes. Maybe one day she will fill volumes with them. The other important point is that she writes like a dream. I can’t stomach blogs that are poorly written, and most are written well. But hers shows the high art that writing can be.
Amidst the unusual circumstances she writes about, she manages to communicate in writing the solid (as far as I can judge and see) AA that she practices. That is no small thing for any of us, but with her limited resources it truly amazes me. She adds to my hope and faith in the program. I won’t go wrong by trying to describe it any more than that. I urge anyone reading this, for whatever reason, to go over there, and experience it for yourself.
Now part of the award is that I’m supposed to pass it on to at least TEN other bloggers, and I can’t. First, many of the blogs I read have already received it. I subscribe to over 25 recovery blogs, but so many of them post only occasionally. And honestly, some of them aren’t very good (to me). The blogs that I think are really good are listed in my blogroll, and that is my way of recommending them. However, if you read only one from here, make it Letting Go.