Happy Independence Day?


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Mary Shortell is a longtime LifeRinger and a regular participant in a number of LifeRing eGroups
This post first appeared on LSRsafe – July 3, 2022



Most years, I reflect on my own personal meaning of Independence Day. I finally made my Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of alcohol, and I now have, not just an opportunity to live in that freedom,  but also a responsibility to remain that way and to share those stars and stripes with others.

Today,  as I look at the many newcomers,  I feel more inclined to celebrate our collective interdepedence. Regardless of where we live, each of us is interdependent on each other. Those with lots of 24 hour periods,  are reliant on the dynamics of those who are brand new. In so many ways,  the universal laws which govern the world, do not always apply to us. In our world, the more riches we give away,  the more we accumulate. What a wonderful world we have created from the ashes of addiction!


Wishing you all joy in the freedom from the miseries of active addiction.



Mary Shortell is a LifeRing News Blog guest writer. This post first appeared in LSRSafe, a LifeRing eGroup, on July 3, 2022. We are grateful to Mary for sharing this stirring portrait of the LifeRing Community.


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  1. kathleen gargan on July 5, 2022 at 8:58 am

    mary shortell! so wonderful to hear from you!

  2. anita odonoghue on July 4, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    I consider the Life Ring meeting I attend on Fridays, my FNF…”Friday Night Family.” Such a great group, so
    understanding and non-judgmental.