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It’s great to see that you are back on track. How have things been for you this week? Thank you for your John Lennon quote. You mentioned it didn’t have anything to do with addiction. Many things that speak to me are not related to addiction. If it’s about life, it can probably be used in comparison to addiction.
You also mentioned feeling down on yourself. I found myself feeling the same way when I stopped drinking. I felt so good, I was able to do much more, and I truly enjoyed things more but all I kept thinking was how much time I wasted. Beating myself up was negating the happiness I had found by not drinking, so I decided to start thinking of it in a different way. Rather than thinking about it as wasted time, I now think of it as what I had to do to get to this point in my life. Sometimes, you have to go through hard times to get to the good times.
I understand that one wrong decision and I’m a drinker again, so I don’t take my sobriety for granted. I appreciate my sober life and try to live it to the fullest every day. It sounds like you are finding what makes you happy too. I hope this continues for you. Keep your guard up, you never know what is around the corner. Stay strong!
I really like this idea. I would like to participate. Quitting alcohol has been really hard during the pandemic for me. It is a good excuse not to hang out at bars though. For me no bars has helped.
I really like the quote below from John Lennon. It doesn't really talk about addiction or anything but for me it is still relevant. I often feel down on myself because I didn't achieve as much I wanted to in my 20s. This is because I spent way too much of my time drunk or hung over. I don't like to define myself by what I do for a living. How I can make myself and others happy is what is important to me. I am better able to be happy and make others happy when I am not drinking all the time.
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."
Despite being alcohol-free for several years, I still have difficult times. I assume others have difficult times too, so about a year ago I created the thread, Just a Thought. It was a place to post quotes that were helping me on my own journey. I also posted situations or obstacles that caused me to pause and think about my alcohol-free life. It didn’t take long for me to realize that while members here were reading my thoughts, it was helping me as well. So I decided to create a new thread for 2021. You’re here today, so welcome! I hope you find something here that will help you. :)
I haven’t posted in the Just A Thought thread in a long time. I’ve wanted to but one reason kept me away. What inspiring quotes, what situation in my own life, can help someone during this pandemic? Every time I would come here to post, I would think about what people are going through. Not only with the pandemic, but with trying to give up alcohol, or continuing to stay alcohol-free. No quote or situation seemed to measure up to the situations that I imagined people are going through. Giving up alcohol is one thing. Giving it up in a pandemic is another.
If you have become alcohol-free during this time, you are awesome! I would love to hear your story. I think we would all love to hear your story! If you think now is the time, then give it a try. Please don’t let the fear of failure hold you back. Failure is often a part of success. Below, is one of the many Thomas Edison quotes about failure. Stay strong and safe everyone!
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."