Greetings fellow Alumni and Families! I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday season and is ready for the New Year. We in the alumni department put on our infamous holiday shows and caroled along in the 75 degree weather.
Now that the New Year is here, I am trying to stick tightly to my resolutions. Since getting sober, I see resolutions in a much different sense, just as I see my sobriety. For instance, if my resolution is to stop eating fast food, I no longer say to myself, “I am not going to eat fast food for the entire year”. The same goes for my sobriety. I do not say to myself “I am never going to drink or do drugs again”. Instead, I keep it in the day. I say “I will not eat fast food today” or “I will not drink or do drugs today”.
In the beginning of my sobriety one day felt like one week and one week felt like one month and so on and so forth. In that case, I had to break it down by hour. “For the next hour I will not drink and will not do drugs”. This analysis helped me take things slow and not get overwhelmed by what seemed like the impossible at the time.
Just like my early sobriety, I must take my resolutions in small portions. Often enough, the concept of powerlessness only occurs to me until after I find myself miserable or unhappy. I’m an alcoholic and an addict so I endure a lot of pain and unhappiness before I attempt change anything. When I finally do decide to change things the concept of one day or one hour at a time comes in handy.
Today one of the most valuable sayings I can tell myself is, “this too shall pass”. I know that even in the hardest, most grueling attempts to change, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
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