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Self-Control + Will Power = A Recipe For Success. (When you use them.)

Those two qualities are innate within every human being. Those two qualities are what separate us from animals. Why some of us feel or think or believe that self-control and will power are elusive or are outside our capacity to utilize them, whenever we want to, is beyond me. It took me 23 years to employ mine, but I can see now that they’ve been with me my whole life.

I think one of the biggest contributors to my success at getting sober was this knowing sensation that being sober just HAD to be a better experience than the ones I was having drunk – including the experience of being drunk. Some people might call that knowing I experienced, hope or faith. Whatever it is – somehow I knew that life on the other side of a bottle had to be better – even if only a little bit and even if from where I stood at that moment – I couldn’t relate to it.

I don’t know that I would have gotten sober if I didn’t feel that way. What would have been the point? Right? I wonder if this is something all alcoholics need to believe in or have faith in – that life will get better. Because it has to. How could it get any worse?

This line of thinking led me to conclude that I disagree – very much – with the phrase “He or she or I hit bottom” in terms of drinking. No. I did not hit bottom. I crawled to the top, where I could see – not with my eyes, but in my heart – the horizon. I had some uncomfortable internal terrain to traverse, but I did it – bit by bit. Everybody can do this. I just know it.

Published by Jennifer

I've finally found my happy place in sobriety. Yay! Go Me!

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