A surprise Christmas lesson in community
  1. I was supposed to fly out to Chicago this afternoon but my flight was cancelled
  2. So the parents picked me up and told me we had to go to "a thing for your aunt" before we go home
  3. We drove through driving rain to a building somewhere in Dallas
  4. Turns out she was receiving her chip for two years sober in AA
  5. I had no idea she was going through this
  6. The ceremony announced how many years someone had been sober then they got to go up and get their chip and say a little piece
  7. Each person who went up, from 50 years sober to just 1 year was so so appreciative and happy
  8. The over all sentiment was that life is really hard but they're grateful for a strong community of people
  9. And it made me think about the importance of community bonds and how although friendships can take a second place in a busy day to day life, they're one of the most important things that can be invested in.
  10. And be it AA, church, work, or school, finding a niche of community that fits for you is integral, and should be well tended
  11. Which leads me to a quote from one of my favorite movies of all time, It's A Wonderful Life- "No man is a failure who has friends."