I think you're right on.
We're always much happier than the people that try to criticize or minimize our experience of "happy, joyous and free" while sober -- because they're missing out on it. We have to remind ourselves of this.
I also think, that often, what their comments mean is: "I almost got what you got once -- but I couldn't figure out what to do or wouldn't do what was necessary to keep it, expand upon it, and make it grow -- so, I gave up on trying."
It's actually kind of sad -- when we think about it. How unfortunate -- it is, when so many people feel useless, unhappy, depressed, and without purpose. There is a solution for it. But, they can't grasp the solution until they become willing to let go of their old ideas -- absolutely.
If and when we offer to show them what we did and what we do to produce the sustained Pink Cloud effect -- they're afraid to try it. So they feel more comfortable and relaxed by avoiding trying to achieve it.
Remember back in our past, when we'd be experiencing the "wonder moments" while drinking -- and non-alcoholics couldn't figure it out? We had a solution called drinking. That's what produced the "wonder moments" for us. Now, we have a new solution, called Sobriety with Actions -- that does for us -- what we couldn't do for ourselves. It does for us, what we were attempting to do -- by drinking.
Thus, "I found in Sobriety -- all that I was looking for in the bottle". So, I know "where" what I was looking for is. It's in Sobriety with Actions. Why would we ever choose to go back to the bottle, to look for what only can be found in Sobriety?
One reply that I sometimes offer to those who criticize and minimize my "Most of the time -- Pink Cloud experience" is: "Keep coming back! Maybe you, too, will figure out how to produce your own Pink Clouds -- and figure out what you have to do to keep them more often and longer. AND, you might figure out how to create them at will -- when you don't have one."
Thanks for sharing Joseph. I like it when shares like yours above keeps my memory in motion and refreshed. It reminds me that on the days or moments that I don't have the "Pink Cloud" effect -- that there IS some actions that I can take to change it.