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Old 09-07-2018, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sobriety gives you a new life


A brand spankin' new life. I'm sitting here in my office on a Friday afternoon and I'm just amazed and so freakin' grateful that I finally gave myself the gift of sobriety.

To everyone struggling out there - there is a way, if I can do it so can you. I've come and gone from SR, failed, lied, drankdrankdrank, tried and gave in so many times. I was drinking at work, hiding cheap vodka behind bookshelves, risking everything.

Here I am sober as a ice cream cone with a long weekend ahead. I have plenty of issues and my anxiety over life rolls on - money, relationships, health, career - things don't just clean up once you clean up. BUT the quiet thrill of peace that I have right now - that no matter what comes I won't put myself in a bad place by drinking, I won't have to lie or cheat or hide, I'll figure out a way to deal.

It's an entirely different life! It truly is. I can take care of myself and, thereby, take care of those to who I owe so much.

Just feeling simple and calm and so grateful for SR and for not drinking anymore. Thought it was worth sharing.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good one, good post.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great, great post! Thank you. I especially love this:

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BUT the quiet thrill of peace that I have right now - that no matter what comes I won't put myself in a bad place by drinking, I won't have to lie or cheat or hide, I'll figure out a way to deal.
So true.
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Being 100% clean for this long has opened my eyes to what I am really working with.

Being in the depths of addiction is a fantasy world. Glad those days are over.

One of my most settling thoughts these days is...i made this mess...i refuse to blame anyone else.

It is empowering and calming remembering to take the bull by the horns. When I put the blame on others..e.g. wife, boss, coworker...I lose control of the outcome.

I used to obsess over and over...my boss is playing favorites, my coworker is undermining me, my wife has an agenda...etc...all that things may or may not be true...I cant control it...and worrying about it makes me feel ridiculous.

Happy friday.

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I can take care of myself and, thereby, take care of those to who I owe so much.
That's what it's all about to me too, great reminder LG. Be well and have a great weekend.
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Great post, Less.
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Absolutely!

Hope it's a great weekend
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Thanks for the post Lessgravity it is very inspirational to me. Glad you are feeling freedom from the demon. Have a great weekend.
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Really enjoyed reading your post. So awesome and inspiring. Thank you!
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I really needed to hear that today. Thank you
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Love your thoughtful posts, Less. You seem like a well grounded cool guy! Keep at it...you are doing great.
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As someone who is currently struggling, and who has also drank at work more times than I care to admit (although not recently, thankfully) I appreciate and thank you for this post.
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Quiet thrill of peace. Golden feeling!
Beats the s*it out of black impending doom!

Well done Less’
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