Every day is a chance to be better than you were before. It's an opportunity for a fresh start. Each of us can choose to accept this gift, or revert back to where we were.
I feel that I'm not challenging myself enough. I'm coasting through life right now on autopilot, but I know I could be more. I'm not content with a static life. I want to be constantly changing, continuously improving.
Not only is it a new day, but it is a new month. I have one main goal this month. This goal is something that I have been wanting to achieve for a while, but have not been able to do - yet. I believe that I am ready now to have a month without drinking. Sober October, if you will.
I have tried to abstain before, but only made it to 12 days. I succumbed to the false assurance that drinking would alleviate the stress of the day. It was an empty promise. Sure, I felt better for a couple of hours, but this was followed by many more of feeling worse. I had failed to keep my promise to myself. This failure contributed to a loss of trust that I could keep my commitments.
This time, it's different. I don't want to live this way anymore. I want to fully feel the good and the difficult. I want to experience life without the haze of alcohol. I want to be free.
It won't be easy. I've got a social cocktail hour to attend, a wedding, and a visit from my in-laws. All triggers for drinking. But I will find other ways to cope. I will be strong. And I don't have to do it alone - I know God will help me, if I will let Him. He's never failed me, and I know I can trust Him.
And so new life begins today...