Once we realize that we are powerless and cannot get through sobriety (or anything for that matter) without a higher power, we are now in the position of knowing what to do. There is a saying (and I am ad-libbing here): “Once you know, you can never not know.”
This picture above is also a magnet. I saw it at Barnes & Noble one day and snatched it up. It is on my refrigerator as a stark reminder to do just what it says. And I live by this rule in a selective way.
There are times, of course, when we need to give up. If my car isn’t starting and I am about to crank it for the umpteenth time, I need to give up. When drinking and drugging are leaving you feeling beaten down repeatedly. Because doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insane.
Ya hear what I’m sayin’?
If you or someone you know is struggling with staying away from a drink or a drug (or any other addiction) the most important thing to remember is “just don’t pick up.” Because picking up is giving up. Picking up is giving up on your sobriety, giving up on yourself, giving up on the potential that you have!
This is something I think about from time to time. Of course, being an alcoholic, a drink will flutter across my mind like some deranged, chaotic butterfly. It is a fleeting thought and it flutters out as fast as it entered. Behind the thought of a drink comes all the memories of the insanity I called life at one point. That is what keeps it green for me. Going back to the life of hell I once lived would be insane.
Here are some ways to push through:
- get to a meeting.
- call someone.
- go for a walk.
- listen to music.
How have you pushed through?