The holidays are behind us, and I'm wondering, how did it go for you? There is so much going on with parties, football games, and church events, etc. This time of year is great for health clubs, weight watchers, and anything that is related to making resolutions and major changes to improve ourselves. All of us looking to change, look to January 1st to begin.
This is a big time of year for the police, the courtrooms, and of course, AA/NA, and rehabs. Many tend to celebrate the Savior's birth by getting smashed at parties. When they leave those parties, they get fearless enough to think, I can make it home, it's just a few miles...oops, they're were watched leaving the bar by the police. It happens. The next thing you know they're leaving the courtroom, around $3000 lighter in the pocketbook. Oh yeah, and the judge was nice enough to give them a few visits to AA, as a parting gift.
You know that at that moment, the individual is ready to quit for good. They have swore off drinking for good. They don't mind the AA meetings at all. Getting sober was their plan all along, as soon as they could, and this is the perfect opportunity. a few days later, when the spouse has cooled off, the hangover is gone, and the kids are no longer mad, then its, I'm not going to those stupid meetings, judge or no judge. This is the beginning of the new consequenses. It isn't always the court, or the hard hit wallet. Sometimes we've just had enough, we're ready to quit...but with willpower, no AA.
Well, if this describes you or your loved one. You will change. You'll either change from consequences, from a desire to quit, or maybe a bad Dr. report, or even death. If you had the wonderful experience of incarceration over the holidays, you can take it one of ways. You can be mad at the police, judge, and jailors. You can tell how you only had a couple of drinks and you weren't even weaving on the road. You may convince everyone in your family, and the lawyer that you pay the $2500.00 to, but convinced or not, you still have to pay the lawyer. Or, you can take the whole experience as a warning. Take the punishment, pay the fines, and get to those meetings with gratitude for not dying in the process.
Even if you or your loved one didn't have this happen, think about making that change. I can tell you from first-hand experience, that this side of life far outweighs the life I led as an alcoholic. I have found the reality of a relationship with God, people to help, and a purpose for living. I only had to change one thing...everything. And everything changed, especially the deceptive way I thought. I had lots of fun times, but in the end misery ruled me. God will help you too. The moment you ask, He begins manipulating situations and bringing you out of that messy existence. Keep asking Him, and your whole life starts taking shape. Let this be your year, your time of change. Ready! Set! Sober!
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all! Keith