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A LifeRing Keeper: Gratitude

This is from a message sent to a LifeRing E-mail group:

While driving to work today I was thinking about how grateful I am to LifeRing.  It has become a useful tool in my own sobriety plan, helping to keep sobriety in the forefront by conversations, observations, and affirmations.  That has been important in these early days and I hope those who are new to LifeRing take advantage of all it has to offer.  But it isn’t a “thing” but rather a group of people who have come together for the common goal of maintaining our sobriety, and I’m grateful to LifeRing for facilitating this “venue.”

For my own part, I have laid out a few personal goals to help get through the early days of sobriety.  Maybe they will be useful for someone else too…


1)     No Drinking, No Drugs, No Matter What – And have fun doing it!

·         This is where LifeRing has been so helpful.  As I said above, keeping the conversation going has helped me to consciously maintain my sobriety.  For me, if I don’t keep it in the forefront it can easily (as history has shown) be forgotten or treated as unimportant and I slip back in to the old (bad) habits.

·         The “have fun” part comes from me being sober now.  Without the distraction of being inebriated I’m a greater participant in the lives of those I love and it has been very rewarding.  It’s like living each day feeling more alive.

2)     Approach each day with an attitude of gratitude

·         It’s too easy to focus on the negative and see the negative in all things.  I’ve found if I look for the positives in things and be grateful for these things my attitude improves.  It makes these early days of sobriety much more palatable, especially in comparison to the darker days of drinking.

3)     Set fitness goals

·         I was bloated and overweight from all the drinking and the appetite it seemed to increase.  So in order to reverse that trend I started a “Couch to 5k” running program when I quit drinking.  It’s kind of like a substitution for drinking (and I’m up to 3 miles now).

·         I’ve also registered for a Triathlon this summer:  ¼ mile swim, 12 mile bike ride, 4 mile run.  Having that looming in my future keeps me exercising

All these things have come together to make this trip into sobriety successful so far.  Here’s hoping!

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