That is fantastic PG1.5!!!!!!! wonderful and look forward to your new name. Carol great suggestion!!!
Mine is a name my best friend who lives in NY gave me when I worked with her at summer camp over 12 years ago. She always sees the best in me and saw my true spirit.
Have a great day 1 xxxxx celebrate your strength today you can do it !!!!!
Friends, I have relapsed after 60+ days, the most I have gone without drinking in years I can't even count anymore. Never the less, I won't bore you with the excuses, or the pitiful story. It does not matter anyway. I will offer you this prayer instead, and ask that you all pray for me too! I appreciate this community and every story.
For those of you that don't believe in a higher power other than yourself, please allow me this public forum for my prayer for you, and take it or leave it as you see fit.
You never know when God is going to bless you!!
Good things happen when you least expect them to!
Dear Lord, I thank You for this day,
I thank You for my being able to see, hear, and feel this morning.
I'm blessed because You are
a forgiving God and an understanding God...
You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.
Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you....
I ask now for Your forgiveness.
Please keep me and those I love safe from all danger and harm.
Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.
Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.
Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.
Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.
And give me the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits.
I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart.
Continue to use me to do Your will.
Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others.
Keep me strong that I may help the weak... Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.
I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way.
I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood.
I pray for those who don't know You intimately.
I pray for those that don't believe..
But I thank You that I believe
that God can change people and God can change things when we have faith that it is so.
I have faith that if we act in consciousness of the present moment, it is because You are with me.
I pray for all my sisters and brothers,
for each and every family member in their households,
that all their needs are met.
I pray for peace, love. and joy.
I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God.
Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.
I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it .
May you all experience the Blessings that are freely given to you each day, my friends.
Julliet, thank you for the blessing. I hope that you include yourself in the blessing that you gave all of us. This is just a bump in the road on your sober journey. Don't let that alky voice or she-devil or whatever you call it tell you otherwise - don't listen to their siren song. You have 60+ days, you know how good that feels, and you are in touch with your higher power. Hold fast to that and keep going forward alcohol-free! Sending a prayer and blessing your way.
That's a beautiful prayer, Julliet! Day 1 is coming to a close for me. I went to Bible study tonight - very uplifting.
Thanks Julliet for the prayer.
Thank you Bill, it's just that looking at it all the time, i'm getting resilient to it. Once i put my mind to not drinking anymore, it's getting more natural for me to not want to touch the stuff. It feels too good to ruin it with that first glass of wine. Right now i watch people daily and wonder are they going through the same things we are all going through and they just keep doing it. I have noticed over the years i've been working the bar that i have lost some customers. Don't know if it's for the reasons we are all here, but at least i know some who only come to see me and drink soda. Been talking to this guy who only drinks coke now and we were talking about enjoying the simple things in life. He too lost many "drinking friends" as well as i did. Oh, well too bad for those friends.
Beautiful prayer Julliet. Thankyou. Wishing you all the best.
Bill, like you, I find it hard to imagine never drinking again but I know it's my only option. I have these notions of getting to a point of enjoying a glass of wine with dinner and stopping at that, but that's not going to happen. Some time ago I made it to 30 days, felt pretty cocky and had a glass of champagne at a party- that led to another downward spiral. What is it about a substance that makes you feel so miserable but to which we don't want to say goodbye? We should all be saying good riddance!
Anyway, I'm at the end of Day 4 and I feel great. Just have to keep going!
PG1.5- Rosella isn't my name either and I've thought about changing it. We have these beautiful red and blue parrots here called rosellas and two happened to be sitting on my front lawn when I signed on. I suppose I'll stick with it for now!!
Hope everyone is well. I am having an especially hard time.... :-(
Hi Regina, I'm working away at my coursework, well, obviously not when I'm checking the forum. Not been contributing much as pretty down, but I believe in all things spiritual so there is a reason I'm here just now, I've been sent to try to help. Are you about a week in? If you're thinking about having a drink DONT. Let me know what's on your mind. It is so hard isnt it? Remember that it will not be better if you drink, for a few minutes maybe, but so not worth it. You know that.
Julliet, just saw your posting. So sorry you slipped. Thank you for the prayer. Peace, love and joy.
Julliet, what a beautiful and inspiring prayer. I am a man of faith and appreciate you making this offering. You reminded me of the grace of God and that gives me strength for today. You also led me to Psalm 103, which I needed. Thank you.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have not touched a drop of alcohol in...drum roll please...30 DAYS!
I went to the doctor yesterday for a check up and for the first time in many a year, I check "none" in the box next to "How Many Drinks Do You Have Per Week".
Congratulations, bassetcat! Keep up the good work; you won't regret it!
bassetcat, congratulations! 30 days, woo hoo! Good for you!
Congrats bassetcat! I'm on Day 2. Had a tough time getting to sleep last night, but slept well once I did. No hangover this morning - feels good.
Well done Bassetcat, that's fantastic, feels good to reach a milestone.
Last time I went for a checkup was about 2 years ago, said I drank every day but just a couple of wines (as if), knew I had a problem but wasnt prepared for change then, maybe time to go again as BP was quite high but not dangerous, would be good to know that its gone down, plus I've lost some weight, another 4lbs and I'll have lost 2 stones (12.7 kilos for you guys across the pond).
PG1.5 - Day 2, that's great. I had 2 or 3 restless days first of all but then sleep was sleep not just a crash out stupor. Although I'm sleeping well I dont feel so rested this time round, but hoping it will improve soon.
Feeling a bit more up today, thinking I'm turning that corner at last, Day 17 ....
It's been a while since I've posted,..I've still been reading here every day though and things are going much better for me and my family (drinking-wise also). It's great to see so many new people coming aboard and doing so well,..many of the "regulars" also, Bill, Vic, Ruth, Marianna, Carol, Erin, rosella..etc.. I hope things are going better for you Regina,...hang in there,..even those who have never struggled with alcohol have their bad/hard days. Ken,..you sound better than ever,..keep it up man. Julliett,..wow, what a wonderful prayer (I copied and saved it,..hope you don't mind),..please don't beat yourself up or feel too down about slipping,..you've been doing great!!..what?..66 out of 67??..not too bad,..that is something to be PROUD of for sure. Now dust yourself off and get back at it! I just wanted to check in and say hi to everyone. You all are such an encouragment and inspiration,...keep up the great work.
Nicely said Kevin. From my experience after a slip to get straight back on the wagon is the best way to go. Last time I'd think "well i drank last night, might as well have a few tonight and start again tomorrow". That went on for a whole month!! It is all such a struggle but sobriety is so worth it. Start of day 5, Friday(!!!!) and it's going to be a sober one.
Just missed you post Kimber. Thankyou for your thoughts and glad to see you're still around. Hope all's well.
Very true rosella,..and congrats on starting day 5. Friday??...Is it already Friday in Australia?? If so,..can you look online and give me Kentucky's winning lottery #s for Friday,..it's only Thursday here ;-)....oh and does flushing toilet water there really drain clockwise??
Originally Posted by rosella
Great to see you Kimber! How are things in your world?