My American friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving later this week, and that got me thinking about the important role that gratitude plays in sobriety.
Alcohol-free living is a mindset game. It makes such a difference when you focus on what’s going well and on feeling grateful for those things. Yet it’s surprisingly easy to overlook the positives and miss the sober wins that are right in front of you!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a couple of days sober, or a couple of years – the exercise I talk about in this week’s video will get you smiling 😊
It’s the little things
When it comes to alcohol and sobriety, I think we’re all a bit guilty of generalising and looking to the extremes first – the rock-bottom drinkers or the people who’ve completely turned their lives around. But for most of the women I work with, the changes they experience in sobriety are more subtle (though no less significant).
The secret to a good gratitude practice is getting into the specifics. You want to find the stuff that might not seem all that big or dramatic on the surface but it makes a difference to you. Because life’s about the little things. One day you’ll look back and realise those were the big things! So much of life is created in the little moments as we rush from one thing to another.
Because I was sober today…
I asked some of the women who’ve taken my Getting Unstuck course to finish this sentence. Here are a few of their responses:
“Because I was sober today, I had the patience to read to my kids at bedtime without thinking about my glass of wine downstairs.” (Marianne)
“Because I was sober today, I wasn’t panicked when a client turned up early for her morning appointment, because I was already ready.” (Clare)
“Because I was sober today, I drove my kids to school without worrying that I might be unsafe to drive.” (Angela)
“Because I was sober today, I was confident enough to challenge my boss and give him constructive feedback. Because I can now think clearly and am able to respond thoughtfully.” (Toni)
Now it’s your turn
In the comments below, please go ahead and finish the sentence, “Because I was sober today…” It doesn’t matter where you are on this alcohol-free journey, I know sobriety will be making some small but mighty differences to your life and I’d love to hear about it!
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