I think I have written about this before. But SM wrote something today and it made me think and so here I am, writing.
I don’t count days. I never have. I know my sobriety date – December 1, 2013. I know when months go by, as it is always on the 1st. But I never kept a tally or used a counter.
Why? Taking this journey one day at a time has been an important concept for me. I only have today. So staying sober right now is all that matters. Everything leading up to today taught me all I need to know about my current choices. What happens tomorrow is out of my control. So today I stay sober.
It is nice to celebrate and acknowledge long periods of sobriety. Mainly because seeing others succeed for yers helps reinforce the idea that life continues to evolve and improve in sobriety. That the benefits are long lasting. And that life goes on – with pain, joy, hardships, grief and celebrations. And they can all be handled sober.
As an aside – if you are a day counter, and you decide to drink again – whether it be 1 drink or 100, my personal belief is that you reset the day counter at day 1. I’m not discounting the time spent sober, but if we are to celebrate and recognize milestones in places like AA, it requires full and rigorous honesty. But that is completely my opinion. Personal truth is different for each of us.
Whether you have 1 day or 10000 days – I salute you today. One is not better than the other. It is just a number. Make today count. Sober.
Stillness and peace.