When you look at that bottle, what are you hoping it will do for you? Will it numb the pain or help you forget? Will it make you happy or relieve your tension?
We have many reasons for wanting to uncork the bottle. If you can enjoy responsibly, then you don’t have much to worry about. But if you can’t, then you may be looking for a cure in the wrong place.
I’ve noticed something when I drink. I fall off the tracks. Sometimes it is only for a short while. Other times, I fall off a little bit longer. There have been times in my past when I would go off and stay off. Those were the dark times. Those were the times when I was pretty much useless. No drive. No ambition. My only goal was get to the next drink.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are some people that seem to be functional drunks. But how functional are they really? And they might be able to function, but they are far from optimal.
We all have a purpose in life. It is hard to find your purpose when you are unable to think clearly. It is hard to keep your purpose and continue working towards it if you are in a constant state of inebriation. So if you fall off the tracks, make your goal to get back on as soon as possible.
To my friend who is going on three weeks of sobriety. Hang in there. You will have hard days. Everybody has hard days. It is in the conquering of those days that you become stronger. You just have to fight for what you believe is right. You have to fight for your purpose.