The major difference between waking up sober versus hungover?
Enjoying the sounds of birds chirping, rather than wanting to shoot them.
Starting my morning with a prayer, stretch and a hot cup of coffee, sure beats stumbling to the bottle for the inevitable "eye-opener". Today, I have a choice of want I want to do, instead of having to plan my strategic drinking regimen. It is a gratifying feeling of freedom.
Sure it may sound a bit routine, or boring, but I am a creature of habit just continuing to establish healthy habits to supplant the destructive ones. These daily mental exercises are chisels that chip away at my denial and ego. I am learning to suppress the old "romancing" thoughts of how nice a beer or glass of wine would be.
If I get to hear another alcoholic remind me of where that first drink leads; it allows me play the tape through to the end. I try to make it a point to share my experience on a daily basis, and possibly help someone with their journey in sobriety.
At the end of day, I review my actions; was I tolerant, helpful, angry or resentful?
My inventory must include the positive actions of the day, not just my faults.
Most importantly, I have to assess; am I moving away from a drink or drug today?
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Posted by Fireman John at 3:23 PM