Enjoy Living in the Day!

When I first came into recovery from alcoholism, I found it quite difficult to understand the concept of ‘a day at a time’ – Living in the day. It was not how I wanted to live my life. In some ways, it sounded quite limiting. Did it mean you could not plan for a future and look forward? Was it always ‘just for today’ and about getting through (surviving?) each day sober?

Another phrase I have heard on the same theme is that if you have one foot in the past and one in the future, you could end up ‘peeing’ on today. I understand that one too, but again it is sometimes difficult to translate that in to real life unless you are really in a mess today.

Live a Good Honest Life

What I can say on a more upbeat note, though, is that if you live a good honest life today, the seeds of the future can be sown when you least expect them. Four years ago, when I stopped drinking and began my new much happier life, I had absolutely no idea how my life would change – and in the most unexpected ways. I still had a lot in my life to get well for: my lovely children, a good home, a job (if I stopped drinking as I don’t think I would have kept it if I didn’t), and many good friends. My job and my career were so important to me.

But in surrendering and recognising that I could no longer drink, and going into a clinic, I met knew people who were going to change my life beyond recognition. Of course I did not know it at the time. I did not know that in that clinic was the door to my future in more ways than one.

So what amazing things have happened for me?

Two of the people I met have become what I consider to be lifelong friends. One of them relapsed after his time in the clinic but a year later I was there for him when he was finally ready to give up drinking and I helped him back into rehab. The three of us ended up setting up business together and I left my old job (which I thought I loved) and now work for myself which is even better. I might have lost my husband through my drinking but I gained my ex-husband as a good friend and we remain committed parents for our children. My children have a much better mother than they would have had if I had not gone through the pain of alcoholism. And my life is good now on a daily basis with each day offering me endless opportunities for fulfilment, laughter and happiness.

Living in The Day

I am not saying that I do not encounter problems in my alcohol free existence. Of course I face many of the problems that everyone else faces. The difference is that today I can deal with those problems without drinking. And my daily life forms part of a pattern in which I can see a rich and happy future with exciting prospects ahead. I am Living in The Day.

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Enjoy Living in the Day!