œOne day at a time. We hear those words in almost every 12 Step meeting in the world. Some people think that it's a mantra meaning people can't handle the stress of more than a day at a time...
œOne day at a time. We hear those words in almost every 12 Step meeting in the world. Some people think that it's a mantra meaning people can't handle the stress of more than a day at a time. But is that what it really means?
No one can define what it means to everyone, but here's what it means to many individuals in recovery: don't project today into tomorrow; live today and focus on being sober, today. It doesn't mean you shouldn't make plans in life.
Deciding to live a sober lifestyle isn't an easy event, and while the decision may only happen once, the decision is a lifelong event. It becomes a way of life, and changing œold habits isn't the easiest thing to do. We aren't talking about stopping for a few days or a few weeks. No, we are talking about not drinking again. Period. Ever. And for many people, they have done œone day at a time for decades.
Celebrating sobriety is nothing like celebrating an anniversary or a birthday. It's the celebration of freedom from the shackles of alcohol or drugs, gambling or sex, or whatever other addiction you had. It's more about understanding that if you made it this far, taking one day of sobriety at a time, you can make it another day. And tomorrow: SAY IT AGAIN. And the next, and the next, and the next. And 365 times a year, you keep doing the same thing”celebrating one day of recovery at a time.
Celebrating your sobriety is a big deal. Yes. It isn't just another day, it's a day to remember for every month of your life. It's not a day that matters to anyone else in the world. That's right, for it to be all about you. This is your day, the day you found relief, the day you decided to stand tall and act responsibly. You became accountable for your actions, and you worked your butt off to be sure that you stayed sober. It is a day for you to celebrate.
And celebrating such benchmarks helps cement this time as a day of great importance. But how do we celebrate that? There are a thousand ways to make the day meaningful without including alcohol or drugs. Take yourself and a friend to dinner (maybe you'll be lucky and they'll even pick up the tab), go to a movie, take a walk on the beach, go bowling with your friends, partner, or kids.
The point is, have fun, and feel good. Do something you don't normally do just for you. You've done nothing less than beaten the odds by remaining in recovery. You're amazing and have earned your reward. Accept that and embrace the ongoing success.
Celebrating your sobriety is important. Never forget from what you've overcome, or where you want to be. With goals and determination, with rewards and smiles, you'll make it another day. Just one at a time of course¦
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