What I Know For Sure


A quick Sunday thank you to all the Sober Identity followers. This blog has afforded me, not only the opportunity to share the principles in the book, but the warm friendship of fellow journeyers. The quality of my sobriety (aka my life) has been enriched beyond measure.

What I know for sure:

  • No matter how much time you have away from that last drink there can still be a fleeting temptation. It’s best to have buddies to lean toward.
  • Gratitude keeps me humble.
  • There is absolutely no way on the face of this planet I would be sober today without the help of others.
  • For today, I’m right where I need to be. I know it’s where I need to be because I’m there. So, I can enjoy it or be a Grinch, the choice is always mine.
  • Santa is real. And I know this, for a fact, because I have a bunch of wrapped gifts in my closet that say “From Santa.”

My love and blessings to all who have passed through this blog. My life is better because of your (mostly) faceless and (mostly) voiceless words.

With Love, Lisa

20 Responses to “What I Know For Sure

  • Love and blessings to you, my dearest Lisa.You are a key element in my life and recovery. I love you so.
    Thank YOU, always thanks to YOU.

  • Of course Santa is real! So grateful for your blog so thanks for all you offer. Have a fabulous sober Christmas xxx

    • Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.
      I find you equally as inspiring.
      Yes, a “fabulous sober Christmas.” A long time ago, I couldn’t put those words in a sentence—together.
      So glad I can today. So glad you can too. We are the fortunate ones.
      My Christmas love to your and your loved ones.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus 🙂

    But must we always have these fleeting temptations? Whenever I get one, I wonder WTF did you come from? But you know, I wonder that about a lot of my thoughts too, haha.

    Have a very Merry Christmas, Lisa!

    • Merry Christmas!

      Not to worry on the fleeting moments. We have each other and that’s BIGGER than any thought.

  • Right back atcha! So happy I found you and your wonderful blog. One of my many sober blessings.


    • Sherry, Love your words, “sober blessings” because that is exactly what we have here. I big bundle of love. We are the fortunate ones.

  • And a very merry Christmas to you as well Lisa! You are a very important part of my sober journey…

    • Thank you. I am truly grateful for the readership and support. I have found this community to be wonderful. How nice to sit here and type and know that you are all out there. You are ready to listen, help, support, and grow with me. A gift beyond measure. Truly. Truly. Merry Christmas.

  • And my life is better because of you.
    “I know Santa is real…” Love it.


    • Yeah … and if we don’t believe there might not be any presents under the tree.
      It’s definitely better to keep believing.
      Even when we can’t see.
      Especially when we can’t see.
      Merry Christmas my little heron.

  • Just wonderful, Lisa. I can’t tell you how bang on you are with that list. Even Santa – that was awesome 🙂 And you know that I can go on by how much you have touched me and the community in general. I can go on about how you have immensely improved (and continue to improve) my sobriety and recovery – your wise and insightful words, your support, your keen eye and compassion. I can go on about how you have created a new language for me and others. You even taught me how to respond to people’s comments in the blog, how to show love and warmth, how to be and sit with others. I know it’s a blog, but it’s been much more than that for me. You have touched a lot of people, and look forward to more in the new year.

    A big thank you, Lisa.

    Big Canadian hugs,


    Merry Christmas!

    • Go on ….
      Go on ….
      Just this morning I was thinking about the new year (in a general sort of way) and was wondering what the heck I was going to write about for another whole year.
      Not to worry, I caught myself and started to laugh at my arrogance. God told me he’ll let me know on Sunday, what to write on Sunday. And it will be exactly what I need to hear.

      Love the Canadian hugs, I take them happily.
      Merry Christmas to you and that beautiful family.
      I already know how grateful you feel this day.

      My love, Lisa

  • So happy to have shared the year with the wonderful sober blogging world. Have a Merry Christmas and look forward to your writing in the New Year!
    Carrie x

    • Carrie, What a nice surprise. I absolutely love your refreshing view on recovery (humanity for that matter). You are a practical, no bs blogger. I love your thinking as you type your unwinding dialogue. It’s a compliment to see your kind words posted here. Hoping your Christmas was better than expected. with love, Lisa

  • Merry Christmas Lisa,

    I read this list late, but it is just important on December 26th as it was yesterday, or on the 22nd when you wrote it. I have bored you to tears already telling you how much your wisdom, and generosity in sharing your wisdom, has enhanced my sobriety, so I will not beat the dead horse.

    Since gratitude also keeps me humble, I will say: I am so, PROFOUNDLY, grateful to have you in my life, and I hope your holidays were as wonderful as you are!



    • Isn’t that funny. I still felt the same was on the 26th as I did 10 years ago. Yay, nothing tastes better than sober feels. You are too kind in your words. And if I might say, we tend so see in others what we see in self. You have grown so much in these past (almost) two full years. A gift. For all of us. <3 Lisa

  • Hi Lisa! Thank you for being here for all of us and thank you for being an amazing support and inspiration. You have opened my eyes many times!

    And I know that Santa is real too! Lol! – I always put from Santa on the presents. He he. Hope you hade a wonderful holiday. Hugs.

    • Maggie, I did have excellent holidays. And the funny thing is …. not much went the way I ‘thought’ it should have gone. I’m so grateful for all the love and friendship you give as well. It’s women like you that prop me up and keep me strong in my sobriety. We do it together. As your eyes open so do mine. I never stop learning and I love it. Lots of love for a blessed new year for you and all whom you love. Lisa

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