Just a short post as I am on the road this week …
Even after 25 years, “one day at a time” is part of how I stay sober. That’s because I know I cannot take my sobriety for granted. I might walk into a social gathering where I didn’t expect anyone to drink much, and it turns out that a lot of drinking is going on. I might be hurt by a comment from a colleague or a friend. Or I might do something thoughtless, and hurt someone unexpectedly.
For me, those surprises can affect my balance. We all experience many small surprises in our lives, but I have learned that those are the moments when I am more vulnerable to the desire to take a drink or a toke.
And that’s where “one day at a time” comes in. When I get that unsteady feeling, I try to remember that I only need to stay sober for this moment, for this day. That helps me to draw a deep breath, and find my calm centre. To remember the many reasons I am so grateful for being sober. To remember the many reasons I don’t want to drink.
AND … if it is really hard to get back to my steady sobriety, there is always another meeting. I don’t go to A.A. meetings very often anymore. But it is really good to know that I can always find a meeting where I will hear and speak with other people who are working on their sobriety. I am so grateful for A.A. and the many people who share their experience, strength and hope in those rooms.