A thousand moments I had just taken for granted –
Mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.
- Morgan Matson
I saw this message posted on FaceBook today, and I was moved.
It isn't new, but I think I was ready to hear it.
I have just this life to make a difference, one little moment at a time.
To create small, meaningful moments, and interactions.
This is what I think is central to life.
Every day I stay sober, helps me and everyone I love.
In fact, it helps people beyond my circle of life.
This is what I can give to the world right now.
This is the most important thing I can do to make sure I don't hurt myself, someone I love, and even people I don't know.
What other things can I do to create meaning in my life?
I can write this blog.
I can read and comment on other people's blogs.
I can share my story at meetings.
I can share my laughter with friends.
I can hug my Loved One more.
I can build people up.
I can text a friend or family member, and give them a message of hope.
I can clean the house for my Loved One.
I can walk outside.
I can create a positive interaction.
I can give the gift of attention to someone.
I can make a person smile.
Sometimes I have been focused on making meaning in a big way, and not noticing all the small ways I can help the world.
When I look at what I consider are "good" days, one or more of these things happen - I meet a friend.
I talk to the workers in the coffee shop.
I go to yoga and hug a yoga teacher or yoga buddy.
I get outside.
I read something, learn.
I talk to someone in my family.
I hug and kiss my Loved One, and pay attention to what he says.
I write comments on sober blogs.
This week I had no romancing the drink. I had no wishing I could drink. I was at peace with not drinking. It didn't even enter into my thoughts. For this I am so grateful.
On Day 275