“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When you finally make the bold decision not to drink, mountains move. Things occur that you never would have dreamed possible. Get ready for miracles.
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My story around alcohol is not a pretty one. It is pretty much an all-or-nothing nightmare. I could write a whole book about my relationship with alcohol; from best friend, to lover, to monster.
One time I had a client describe drinking alcohol as something that starts as light and so quickly gets turned into darkness. That is so true. Like I said, my story around alcohol is not a pretty one. But it’s mine.
I posted something on social media recently about three words that can make you fly: I Don’t Drink. And it is very true. Those powerful words gave me wings. They can give you wings too.
I know there are some women out there who are reading this who are thinking about getting out of the bar scene. Maybe you are thinking of no longer drinking to numb yourself. There are some of you who are thinking maybe there is more to life. I am here to tell you, there is.
Whether you want to completely give up alcohol or you just want to cut down, once you make the decision, doors will open. Mountains will move. As Gabby Bernstein says, “My sobriety gave me everything.”
I want to clarify, it is the energy you put behind it. Deciding to be sober does not have to mean you can never drink a drop of alcohol again. It means you choose a mindful life.
You might still want to sip on a glass of wine and make it last the entire night. The Universe does not care too much about your actions. You can not do one thing to screw it up. It is the energy you put behind it.
Deciding to be sober is a personal thing. There are some who are better off not drinking at all. This was me at first. When I first quit drinking, I had to completely quit due to the life I had created around it. I had to really change my life and stop going around certain people and situations. I had to get clean and clear out my mind.
After a few years, I realized I could have a glass of wine on a special occasion. I was able to do it mindfully. I was able to be aware of how it was affecting me.
Now, 99% of the time, I choose not to drink at all. I like the feeing of being sober and in control. I do not like feeling like I cannot think or talk or move like I want to. The 1% of the time that I choose to drink, I do so mindfully. I slip slowly on one glass of wine and enjoy the taste of it along with the company I keep.
I remember one time, after I had quit drinking for some time, I was seeing a therapist. See I realized that alcohol was not really my problem. I was my problem. This therapist was helping me with my anxiety and my irrational thinking.
I was talking to him abut a college reunion that was coming up. I just did not know if I should go, because it was just going to be a big binge drink fest with the people I used to binge drink with. At first the therapist suggested I drink mindfully while I am there. But then after hearing about my history with these certain people, he suggested I do not drink at all when I am around these people.
And that was easiest for me. I went. I did not drink one drop. I enjoyed the weekend. I had no anxiety and no hangover. It was because, with the therapist’s help, I made the decision. I made the decision before I even went that I would not drink. There was no internal struggle trying to decide while I was there. The deal was made.
I have some miraculous stories that revolved around my sobriety. I want to stress that sobriety is a mindset. You have to give up the struggle in your mind. If you are struggling with whether or not to drink at an occasion, find that small still voice inside and ask what you should do. My guess is, if you are having an internal struggle, the answer is to sit it out. Do not drink this time around.
I did not want to have to fear alcohol. This is why I learned to change my relationship with it. I think the last time I had a drink was a glass of champagne on New Years Eve. But the past two New Years before that, nothing.
I think it was Kris Karr who said, fun things are still fun without alcohol.
It is so true. Fun things are still fun without alcohol. Most of the time, they are more fun. Why ruin it by poisoning your body?
So make the decision. I DON’T DRINK. Put it out there into The Universe. Do not lower your vibe or yourself because of what other people are doing. It takes one second to say “No thanks” at the beginning of the night. You have to get up early and be successful. I’ve got your back, and so does The Universe.
Above we have our very interesting weekend reading from the Archangel Tarot Deck by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine (published by Hay House). Both today’s card and Saturday’s card (Eight of Raphael and Perspective) challenge you to look at your situation differently. Both cards say there is something better waiting for you than what you are focused on currently. The Eight of Raphael offers healing saying you are on a spiritual quest. Do not look back or get stuck on something in the past. Saturday’s card (perspective) assures us it is best to be ourselves! Sunday’s cards, Epiphany, urges us to go inward on Sunday through meditation and prayer. You know what is best for you. Become still. Quiet your mind, and move forward.
Peace and Love,
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