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      It seems to me that as we do the work of giving up alcohol, or changing it's role in our lives, it's easy to feel a sense of loss and deprivation. How will I relax? How will I have fun? How will I face social situations, or reward myself at the end of a long day?

      Yet as I read through the posts at MWO, I see many, many moments of joy found in not drinking. A happily sober moment with a child; a work out that would not have happened with a hangover; a night up late reading, because the writer hadn't passed out early. Sober life is full of these little joys, and I want to start noticing them and sharing them. I hope you'll do the same.

      Yesterday I:

      Got the kids off to school in good cheer, because without drinking the night before I'd paired up their mittens, washed and put away their laundry, and slept soundly. It meant that we could start our day laughing and relaxed, instead of hurried and irritable.

      Met friends for coffee and since I wasn't hung over, I could chat and relax and feel like myself. I didn't have to try to hide feelings of fatigue or anxiety that come with hangovers.

      Took great joy in putting my six year old to bed. I held him in my arms as he fell asleep, and I knew I didn't smell like wine. I could really feel the joy of having him in my life and I thanked God for him.

      Ate only nourishing foods, and in healthy amounts, because I didn't lose my inhibitions or good intentions and binge on empty carbs.

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      Got to wake up and remember "I didn't drink last night"!


      I'd love it if others would use this thread to take a moment to notice the sober joys of each day. It feels good!

      Love to all,
      Sara

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      What a lovely idea for a thread Sara.

      Today I: had 8 hours sleep, not waking up at 3am and hardly able to go back to sleep as I had drank! I went and made my brunch without having to put make-up on first in case flatmates saw my ruined face - as I actually looked good and healthy when I woke up sober Little things, but good things

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      Yes, Sara, it really IS the small blessings that suddenly make us realize we have made a difference in our lives. I'm able to get in the car and drive anytime, without worrying about if I've had AL, too much AL, will I get stopped (again! NIGHTMARE!!). Hubs says he can come home without worrying anymore what he will find, or worrying when he's away what I'll do. We were having horrible, screaming fights in that last year I drank, and tho we may still have disagreements, I can handle them calmly and resolve them quickly. So each day, I thank God for my blessings.

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      Yes Sara.....Being sober, now I can wake up in the morning and face all my daily problems head on ! ( wait ...........was'nt that why I started drinking in the first place !?! Ha! ) Don't take me seriously.........just playing around....It is great to see life through clear lens........IAD

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      I now have the ability to enjoy a lot of small things. It's like being awake after many years - I'd ceased to really notice little things, much less enjoy them.

      I have lately really taken pleasure in a cup of hot tea or bowl of soup after being outside in the cold - last year that would have been AL to warm me up. I'm still a night person (all that AL never did make me sleep, I was just still awake and drunk), and still do all I did before and happily without AL, and don't have to worry about waking up my roommate crashing around in the dark, trying to hide the fact I'm drunk.

      I no longer waste half a day hungover, and I'm a much nicer person. I can leave the house without makeup again. Some friends who haven't seen me in 30 years saw a recent picture of me and told me I hadn't aged and was still gorgeous (their words, but I'll take 'em!) - and I wasn't wearing any makeup there either.

      I look in the mirror and see a healthy, happy person. I feel like a healthy, happy person.

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      Great Idea! Something that always held me back from quitting was not understanding how things could be better without al. Well, I still don't know for sure, but I'm learning something new everyday. Thanks for starting this!

      I like the freedom of NOT having to plan my life around al in so many different, obnoxious ways.

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      Sara, you sound great - I'm very happy for you

      Today, I spent the afternoon walking through the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens, something I've done many times in my life. But today I had a spring in my step, wasn't tired or dragging myself through (waiting to get to the end)! I could smell & appreciate the blooming flowers & moist earth. I wasn't annoyed by someone blocking my view or getting in my way, I was patient

      It just keeps getting better & better

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      For me, it is the simplicity of my life. Al creates a tumoltous world (okay, we create it, al is just the catalyst). Getting all of the things I had previuosly let go to hell in a hand basket, including myself, are very rewarding. Straightening out my finances, catching up on the house, organizing photos, shopping for new clothes, losing 15lbs, not looking like five miles of bad pavement so I get to enjoy more of my morning instead of searching for a better concealer. The joy of not wondering if I was going to drink and if I did, how was I going to manage to duck out of my social engagement so I could drink at home later. Going to the dentist for a checkup. Getting my teeth cleaned.

      Mostly, for me, it is making my coffee machine ready for the next morning. Waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and taking a quick glance in the mirror and not say "uugghh".

      PS ...I went to the local sports bar tonight to watch the football game. Only had a salad and two club sodas and left at half time. My husband wanted to stay, but I made him bring me home. Not ONCE did I entertain the idea of having one. I have to much to lose tommorow.

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      For me, the hope that is inching its way back into my heart.

      I appreciate this thread so much--thank you for starting it.

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      Today I: Decided at the drop of a hat "lets take the baby to the pool".No need to count empty bottles before driving...Thanks MWO

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