People, Places, and Things – Not


I have lived better into my sobriety for the past few days.  I have not compulsively overeaten, binged, or whatever that might be called.  I have not been anxious, angry, impatient or distracted during that period of time either.  I have been more attentive to home, family, and friends.

But here is the important thing about all of that.  The people, places, and things in my life have not changed.  I have not had a desire or compulsion for alcohol in many years, but our refrigerator and pantry are stocked with the same foods I would have gorged myself on two weeks ago.  In some ways, my work situation should be even a bit more stressful than a couple of weeks ago.  My wife and I have been married for nearly 14 years, but in the past few days I have felt a renewed closeness.

The understanding that each day is what I choose to make of it, regardless of what is going on around me is one of the true blessings and lessons of my recovery.

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