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      I donít know how many of you get over to the Cafť and Club, but if you donít, youíre missing out on some excellent daily inspiration quotes. We take weekly turns posting them and one that @Jude58 posted had me thinking for a few daysÖ

      Quote Originally Posted by Kim Bloomer
      If we never go through any valleys how will we know when we've reached a mountain top? How will we know if the mountain is even any good if all our lives we stay up on the mountain and never experience any valleys? I know we'd all like to avoid those "valleys" at all costs, but the most growth for anything happens during adversity.
      The first thing that came to my mind was hitting rock bottom and then climbing back up. But as I thought about it a bit more, it reminded me of life, of the ups and downs we experience every day. It does take those valleys to appreciate the mountain top, it does take those tough times to be grateful for the good times, and it does take hitting bottom to crawl out on top again. It does take some sadness to know what happiness is all about.

      How boring life would be if we didnít have something to fight for, to strive for! As we move down into those valleys, we know we can always get to the other side and come out on top if we keep moving ahead, not stay stuck in the valley. Iíve had my share of those valleys, and I manage to make it out the other side each time. I havenít reached my mountain top yet, Iím still in the foothills, because I know that there is something bigger, something greater, something happier for me if I just keep moving forward. Thanks for reminding me of that Jude!
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through right now. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      It was definitely a Murphyís Law work day today, from start to finish! But I got through it and look forward to a better day tomorrow! Was just reading through some of the threads to remind myself how grateful I am that I donít drink and that Iím not the only one that has bad days, but can get through them sober.

      Sorry Pauly, but I stole something you said on another thread because it fits so well with the day I had and it also goes along nicely will the quote @dill had in the Cafť this morning.

      Quote Originally Posted by paulywogg
      This is actually a really good point,I cruise along in my structure to stay sober but when something upsets my routine I feel uncomfortable and end up drinking,being out of my"comfort zone" derails me,I need to learn how to be sober in any situation,not just the ones I feel comfortable in
      We go along day to day things running smoothly and donít get the crazy urges for a drink, but let one thing upset the applecart and we figure we need something (booze) to relax and get through it. If I was still drinking, I would have been into the beer by 10 this morning and wouldnít be sitting here typing this, Iíd still be drinking. But I worked through the problem this morning, then the next, then the next. Drinking would have just postponed all those problems till tomorrow, with a few extra that I would have created on my own in anger. I would have never thought it possible to get through a Murphyís Law day without drinking, but I did it!

      I remember all those times I tried to quit, only giving up because I figured it was impossible to get through anything without drinking. But the impossible became possible because I never gave up hope that one day I would quit for good. And then that day came, the impossible was conquered.

      So the next time you find a situation you donít think you can get through without drinking, try it, trying doing something other than drinking. Your impossible just might be possible after all. And those small victories, one at a time, will end up with you winning the battleÖ..
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through right now. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      I gained a new appreciation for being sober after my recent hospital stay and surgery, and I never really thought about it until the conversation our son Adam and I had. Darcie (daughter-in-law) drove him up to the city to pick me and the car up because Bubba doesn’t drive in Edmonton. On our way back he asked me if at any point did I think of saying no to the surgery, just stitch me up and not worry about the fingers. So a bit about the laceration (big medical term I learned in the hospital lol); I only cut the extensor tendons, the ones that allow you to open your fingers, the flexor tendons are the ones that allow you to close your fingers and they run down the inside of your arm. At any rate, I severed all 9 tendons that run the last 3 fingers, and one tendon going to my thumb. I could still close my thumb though because the tendon that runs the tip was okay, so it was dragging the rest of the thumb with it. My forefinger was fine. At least that’s how the surgeon explained it to me so that I could understand it a bit better.

      I guess Darcie said to Adam that it was a good thing I didn’t drink anymore because if I still was, I probably wouldn’t have waited for the surgery. And I must confess, even sober I contemplated that very same thing, I could live life manually opening those three fingers with my left hand as long as I could close them and grip with them. There’s no doubt in my mind that if I was still drinking, I would have never left Vermilion. I would have had the ER doctor here just clean it and stitch me up and then go through life with 3 bum fingers. My left hand was good, I could still wrap it around a can of beer.

      Think about that….. I would have been willing to put alcohol above having 3 fingers that worked properly! But, as I’ve said before, I was one of the worst alcoholics there are, alcohol came before anyone and anything! And now you’re thinking, here we go again, Cowboy thinks he knows what he’s talking about! What’s funny is that I thought those same things about the people who got sober before me.

      They have no idea what my world is like, what I go through and put up with everyday! If they did, they’d still be drinking too! They need to walk a mile in my shoes! You know what, they did! Just like I walked in your shoes… Granted we all have different troubles, different problems that affect us very differently, but the common denominator for all of us is how we chose to deal with those problems. It’s the nature of an alcoholic to complain and argue, to seek out sympathy and understanding that we need to drink to cope. When in fact, all we were looking for was the permission we wanted to be able to drink. Maybe this only pertained to me, but I think not, I think if we all take a good look within ourselves, they pertain to you as well.

      So if you’re here, if you’re reading this, you’ve already made a big step, admitting at least to yourself that you have a problem. The next step is acceptance, accept the fact that you can never drink again. Now you just have to find the faith and hope that you have the courage to beat this thing we call alcoholism. Faith is a funny word, faith in who or what? I’ll let you answer that in your own way, I know what worked for me. But it all starts with you, then find the support you need to carry it through, I know you can because I did, just like so many did before me.

      And the funniest thing is “they” did know what they were talking about, even though I didn't want to admit it….
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      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through right now. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      Re: Do You REALLY Want To Be Sober?

      I really want to be sober. Last night a light turned on and although I did slip once, I have more power now then I did a month ago. I guess not seeing a 1 month anniversary post on me got me down and I slipped. But I have learned from it. I know that in time I will get an anniversary post, and I should not let anything get me to drink ever again.
      I quit drinking on July 28, 2018. Taking it One Day At A Time and no more taking my quit for granted.

      Just consecrate on today and do what you can to remain sober for today and worry about staying sober tomorrow, tomorrow.

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      I'll make you a deal @DriftyAlison0, you keep saying no when those thoughts turn to drinking, and I'll be there every month to recognize your milestones! Why not join us on the NN Roll Call, let everyone know how your days are adding up! And you're more than welcome to join us in the Cafť and Club!

      I've put you in my Sobriety Calendar so the rest is up to you now... you can do it!
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      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through right now. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      Thank you and yes I am interested in joining in the NN roll call.
      I quit drinking on July 28, 2018. Taking it One Day At A Time and no more taking my quit for granted.

      Just consecrate on today and do what you can to remain sober for today and worry about staying sober tomorrow, tomorrow.

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      A beautiful afternoon in Vermilion today, 23C (78F), sun is shining, a light breeze is blowing. Hank and I are out sitting in the shade under our big spruce tree listening to the 80ís Classic Rock playing a few blocks away on the midway at our annual country fair. I should have been dressed in my finest cowboy gear and standing in the show ring directing the heavy horse teams. I had agreed earlier to be the Ring Master directing the heavy horse teams through their routines while the judging took place. I had to phone and regretfully inform them that I couldnít do it because of my accident, wouldnít be much good with one hand if one of the teams went on a runaway. I didnít even feel like going over there and watching the competition if I couldnít be involved.

      How easy it would be to run down and grab a case of beer and drink away my feeling sorry for myself. But I know better, the best thing for me is exactly what Iím doing, relaxing with my buddy, drinking an ice cold Coke, and knowing thereís always next year. I might not have a next year if that case of Budweiser was sitting beside meÖ.
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through right now. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      I know that this train need to stop. I am enjoying today and drinking will not bring anything but agony. I am glad that I am finally seeing AL for what it is after forgetting about it. Now I know AL does not help anything but it hurts me.
      I quit drinking on July 28, 2018. Taking it One Day At A Time and no more taking my quit for granted.

      Just consecrate on today and do what you can to remain sober for today and worry about staying sober tomorrow, tomorrow.

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      Youíre the engineer Alison, but Iíll be right beside you as your conductor!
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through right now. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      I did something today that I havenít done in over three and a half years, I went into my old liquor store and bought booze! But, it wasnít for me lol. My helper and I finished up the plumbing fixture change-out in the ball diamond washrooms and there were all the old fixtures as well as numerous cardboard boxes, etc. that had to be loaded and hauled to the dump. Since I wasnít able to help Mark load it all into the back of my truck, I called the Village Foreman and within 15 minutes they were over there with a bobcat and box truck and had everything loaded and gone in half an hour! I remembered back a few years, and like most shops, they have a few shots on Friday after work, and there were more than a few Friday's that I joined them. So I stopped at the Co-op and bought them donuts for their afternoon coffee break, and then over to the Liquor Store for a small bottle of whiskey to be shared between the 4 of them Friday after work. They were quite surprised and happy, saying they donít mind doing things for me because I appreciate it, not expect it.

      Being in the store was just like going for groceries, all that booze surrounding me and I didnít bother looking at anything, just grabbed what I was in there for and headed to the till. The owner, Debbie, was shocked to see me walk up to the till and asked if I was drinking again. I told her no, it was for the Village boys, and she reached over the counter, gave me a hug, said this oneís on the house now get out of here before I start crying! Thatís what being sober, and not hiding it or being ashamed of it, is all about.
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through right now. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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