September has always felt more like a new beginning to me than January. When I was a child September meant new school clothes, books, pencils, notebooks, and a new lunch box. In Michigan where I grew up, September was the time when the air began to turn from heavy, hot, and humid, to crisp and cool and light.
I love September.
I had an excellent English teacher in 9th grade. He was the kind of teacher who wanted to teach us responsibility and self-reliance by giving us as much freedom as possible to make our own choices. His class rule was that we could turn our work in when it was done. There were no deadlines or due dates except the end of the term. The idea, of course, was to let us learn to organize our own time. To learn self-discipline.
I was the kind of student who was always dragging my discipline behind me like a pair of ratty tennis shoes so I learned from him, that if I left everything till the last minute, I had an impossible amount of work to do all at once, at the end of the term.
Structure and Routine and Accountability are necessary for me or I get nowhere. As an adult, I have learned to impose them on myself. As a child, I was hopelessly disorganized.
That same teacher who let me learn how it felt to put off for tomorrow what I could do today …?
I remember him giving a lecture once about new pencils.
He reminded us that the first day, week, 10 days, of the school year, felt great because we had new sharp pencils and new shoes and a great hair cut.
But some of us ( me) would find a couple of months later that those pencils were chewed up and the notebooks were covered in doodles and we were behind on our work and had forgotten to study chapter ten for the test the next day ……
We had lost the focus of the new term. We had lost the momentum and energy of starting fresh. We had lost the shiny, optimism of sharp new pencils.
There are so many reasons that you can lose focus or lose energy. When your trying to stop drinking or change any destructive but deeply embedded routine grabbing ahold of a start date and finding accountability are crucial to getting off the block.
Make yourself accountable by joining us for sober September.
You’ll find that the structure, and routine, and accountability of interacting daily with a community. Writing, reading, commenting, sharing, supporting, in a diverse group, might be just the thing to get you off the hamster wheel of drinking too much too often.
Here is an invitation for you
If you’re “sober curious” open your mind to the possibility of living life more fully alcohol-free. There are thoughts on the Grey Area between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence in this Ted Talk With Jolene Parks and thoughts from our community blog on alternatives to AA and traditional recovery.
If you are drinking too much too often and want to take a break or stop altogether Talk to Us.
We are an independent, anonymous and private community who share resources, support and talk it through every day. It helps to have a community behind you in a world where alcohol is the only addictive drug that people will question you for NOT using
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