Living My Best Sober Life

I heard this twice at today’s meeting.  I have never heard it before.

I do not think I am doing that.

I am not even sure how to do it.

Any thoughts?

 

Afterthought:

There was a lot of talk about mail yesterday.  Opening mail, not opening mail, leaving mail in piles, and being afraid of mail.  I was lost.

And dogs, do all recovering alcoholics have dogs?  How do dogs relate to recovery?

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13 thoughts on “Living My Best Sober Life

  1. Dear Sober learning,

    This is what I try: I try to live by the rule that I should fix exactly what I fear / do not want to fix. Before it was drinking. Now it is not doing chores, post, income things, work etc. And then, while doing the things I don’t want to do, I check what growth experiences come along. All in all it is applicable to any life, sober or not.

    I take this approach since I have seen many friends be in therapy for years but exactly not changing the thing that they ‘should’. I was depressed but still drinking like crazy. Stopped drinking, stopped being depressed. I did get loads of other unpleasant emotions but that’s ok, that’s part of quitting, part of the learning process.

    Hope it helps 🙂

  2. Hmm. I can almost imagine I think I know what that might possibly mean. Sort of. To be sure, all we have is today. It’s a little disingenuous to see my life as this constantly onward-moving, upward-moving, further-up and further-in progressive romp through the hills and dales. Some days life sucks. I am still compelled to make right choices. So what’s the measuring stick for all this?

    My dog is a good friend. An understanding soul. In my twisted life experience, any dog over 55 lbs. is a gift from God.

  3. Not sure of the mail thing…who knows. As for dogs…yeah, lots of sober folks have a very strong connection with their dogs. Not that non-alcoholics don’t give a damn about theirs…but for example, when I peruse the recovery forums (not blogs), so many of the avatars are of dogs. tons of them. There is some sort of identification there…but I am not sure what it is. (Those will say of course that God spelled backwards is dog…lol)

    And as for the expression…hmmm…can’t say I have heard it said around here much. read into it as much or as little as you want, I suppose. What I get out of it is am I living to my full potential? Am I working the steps in my life? Am I half-assing it? And of course, we can always say that we can do better…so I guess it’s a personal yardstick to where are today compared to yesterday.

    or not.

    Ha ha…but good questions nonetheless 🙂

    Paul

    • I stumbled onto your blog this morning I have had problems with drinking recently to the point that even I noticed and it cost me a relationship. I have thought about quitting for some time now and have decided to take the plunge today. reading your thoughts have certainly helped. I just bought tickets to a concert this morning that will be in November. I’m going to use that as a milestone to keep my eye on between now and then. I figure what I will save in beer money will pay for the tickets soon. I look forward to reading your blog. You write in a way that I can relate to.

      • Hi Mark, welcome to sober blogging land. If you think you need to quit drinking, you probably do. I wasted YEARS thinking about quitting drinking.
        This time, I chose my marriage over the booze. The worst day ever was when my husband called me a DRUNK. He was so angry, yet he was so right.
        It took me another month to do it. It is the best decision I have made in a long time. I am going to be honest with you, it is fucking hard, but if you want it bad enough, you will do it.
        So far, I have not regretted it. I love having my life back, feeling great, sleeping well, and having a good time with my husband.
        Feel free to contact me, I don’t have all the answers, but the early days are fresh in the memory bank.
        Good luck
        SL

  4. i think mail relates to drinking in that it is best that you deal with it everyday. you can let it go for a while but eventually you have to deal with it.that is just my guess

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