Sane and Sober

The other day I told a friend, “The only thing keeping me sane right now is reading and writing.” I’m still utilizing the Morning Pages, but have stopped beating myself up for not filling up three pages. There’s so much going on with my jobs right now, I don’t have the luxury of spending time on three, but one page gets me grounded.

This time of year I always think about sobriety. My sober birthday is in November, but a couple of months before it arrives the mind starts playing tricks. The mind of an alcoholic will say, “After 23 years, surely you have this under control and can have one drink.” Fortunately, I’m stubborn enough to ignore those thoughts.

One thing I know about staying sane and sober is you need community, because it’s not a ‘go it alone’ lifestyle. I’m plugged into several online communities through work, but the one that holds my heart the most is my neighborhood. That simple habit of walking to the end of the street refreshes my soul.

I wouldn’t be living this life I love if I was still drinking. Not even certain I’d still be alive. If I was to have a similar conversation with my friend today I would elaborate with, “Walking, reading, writing and my relationship with God is keeping me sane and sober.

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  1. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I commend you, and appreciate you, and am proud of you, even though I don’t know you well, because it takes a lot to get and stay sober. As you well know, too many never make it. So kudos to you, Barb! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. Ah…we don’t have to know each other really well to have a connection, and we are connected lovely. Thank you for your sweet words, but for me it just comes down to relying on something bigger than the disease. God. ๐Ÿ’–

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  2. Hi Barb,
    I am glad that you found the strength to give up drink and continue to have the strength to not give in to those little voices that try to sabotage you.
    I do credit my relationship with God as being my greatest source of strength also.
    Good for you and Blessings to you! โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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  3. Yep, especially that last piece of the puzzle. He makes all of the difference. I shutter to think of what my life would have looked like, had he (God) not turned on the lights. Love your blog. DM

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