Gratitude

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    Day 21 sober and still going strong. I don’t know if it’s being worn out from the week, the stress of sobriety or the anxiousness of the weekend, but today’s activities were emotionally draining for me. One of the activities is to write a letter to someone letting them know how grateful you are for them. I chose to write a letter to my wife letting her know how grateful I am to her for being my wife, supporter, coach, harshest critic, and also best friend over the past 20 years. I let her know how much I have appreciated her hanging with me through everything that we have been through even though I was either at work or drunk through most of it. It would have been easy for her to walk out the door many times, but she stayed. She has been able to see the positive in me when even I couldn’t. Writing this letter put thoughts that I have been thinking to paper and will be tough to give to her. It feels like a confession, apology, thank you, I love you letter all written into one. I wish I would have done this years ago…one more step forward.

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    Day 20 Day 13 AF – This solution, like so many others came at just the right time. I was feeling run down and moody this morning and listening to the book brought me back up a little. It’s probably the weather and time of year, dark when I leave in the morning and dark when I get home starts to wear me thin. I love the winter, but I am finding it is easier to avoid alcohol on the weekends since I have more to do outside. I plan on writing a letter to my wife tonight and can almost feel the anxiety building with just the thought of it. It will be good though and I am looking forward to it, as brighterdays stated “one more step forward”

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    I want to wish the best of luck with your letter. Keep up the good work doing the solutions I am hoping tomorrow’s exercises help me. I am a constant worrier and I have been really pretty positive but we just found out my husband might get laid off. Typically this would be a great excuse to drink. I am worrying a lot right now and trying to figure out what we can do if gets laid off. I need to let it go there isn’t any amount of worrying that is going to change what happens and there isn’t any amount of drinking that is going to make me feel better. At least I know that now Thank God or I would have probably started drinking and felt like crap tomorrow and still had to worry about my husband potentially losing his job
    This is the first big crisis I am facing without alcohol. At least I finally really know in my heart my mind and my soul that alcohol will not help anything.

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