I've been told that I am very analytical. I'm a "numbers" person.
I'm not sure about that, but I do love the order and certainty that numbers bring. Two plus two will always add up to four, despite the chaos and drama that swirls in the Universe. It's something you can rely on.
In my first days of sobriety I relied on numbers a lot.
10 days without alcohol
2 pound of weight lost
4 extra hours of productivity a day
50 dollars saved
The mounting numbers both reassured me and spurred me on - I can do it! Look at my achievement!
If you are reading this on a rainy Monday hungover morning, and want to start on a lifetime journey without alcohol - my first advice to you is..... hang on to the numbers they will sustain you - at first!
As you progress, the numbers become less important - they don't tell the whole story.
Numbers won't tell you about the tranquility of an early summer morning, drinking coffee on the porch, the feeling of clarity and optimism
Numbers won't provide you with the inner pride you feel after a day's productivity, giving your best self to the job in hand.
Numbers won't fill you with joy and laughter on a Sunday afternoon at the beach watching the kids play.
So for me, words have taken the place of numbers. Words written in this blog, words written by many others on this same journey.
Words bring mindfulness. Words remind you of the journey, the evenings with clenched hands as you ward off the Wine Witch, words warn you when you hear the sirens sing to you. Words give you strength and meaning and hope. Words warm you and comfort you.
I missed writing my blog for a few days. I got busy. I got fidgety. I missed my words. I hadn't realized how important they were to me.
It might not be words for you. It might be meditation or prayer. But you will need something to keep you mindful, once the numbers have completed their work.
Thank you for reading my words,
Have a fantastic week