Day 28 (Tues) : Today's gift had been planned for awhile, so this was an easy one. I went with some friends to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons - an organization in Boston that provides school supplies and clothes for children in need. It was a good experience, and once again, we were amazed at the size of the warehouse and the organization and manpower that goes behind something like that. We were also 1 of 4 groups volunteering that night, so we were reminded of how great the need is.
Day 29 (Wed): Several little gifts today which made for a very nice Day 29. I cooked dinner at home, which is a rarity. Shrimp, scallops, and a black bean and corn salsa (!). It was kind of a compromise, so that my partner and I could eat together at home before I left to go to a 12-step meeting. I really wanted to go to this meeting because I was planning to pick up my 60-day chip that night. For awhile, I had such a hard time speaking during meetings, and I still do, to an extent. But I no longer feel like I'm going to have a heart attack when the discussion is coming around the room to me.
One of the guys I've met in recovery suggested that I should go ahead and get a chip each day that week if I wanted to. He explained that it helps others to see you get up and receive one. He said it works the same way with speaking at meetings. So for my gift today, I reached out to new people at the meeting, spoke to the group (it was just my second time at this particular meeting), and received the chip.
So after the meeting, I spoke with someone new and we exchanged numbers. (If you're not familiar with how it works in substance-abuse recovery, you pretty much establish a network of new friends pretty quickly. You make new connections with people and reach out. This has gotten so much easier since I started the meetings 2 months ago, and the 29 Gifts has helped me realize that accepting an outstretched hand is also a gift to the person who is offering it.) We started talking and we have some of the same music interests. I offered to make him a CD of some Tori Amos songs that he doesn't have, and give it to him at the next meeting. It was really cool that this happened today, on day 29, because it was a gift that I can follow through with next week. So, in a way, a gift for the next 29 days presented itself tonight to get the next cycle started. :)