10. Give Blood: I know, I hate needles too, but every time I go through a little discomfort to donate blood, helping someone, I feel like I have somehow made up for one of those time that I went through discomfort and only hurt myself and my loved ones.
9. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food bank. I have acknowledged my own shortcomings, and should be able to show compassion for the shortcomings of others.
8. Donate old stuff: Clean out my basement and donate all the old stuff to charity. It helps others, clears out my space, and makes me feel like I have accomplished something.
7. Be patient: Easy for some, much harder for others who have gone AF. Check myself to see if and when I am getting snappy with family or friends. When the high risk time or place comes, I’ll remind myself going in that this is a weak moment, and have a plan.
6. Help someone get active: Most of use who have gone AF need to get active ourselves. Find a buddy and walk with them or take a fitness class together. We will each motivate the other.
5. Help an elderly friend or neighbor: Older folks often need someone to take them shopping, shop for them, do small fixit jobs around the house, or just to sit and talk with them. There are not many things more rewarding.
4. Make a care package: A sick or grieving neighbor might appreciate a ready-to-eat casserole, a soldier overseas some paperback books. Chocolate!
3. Forgive everyone: This is another natural. We need forgiveness ourselves for so many things; It just seems wrong for us not to be willing to forgive. Besides, grudges are sooo heavy. It feels great to have put them down.
2. Support other members of your sober community: This is a team effort. Log on every day. Spot some newbies and welcome them. Congratulate folks on goals achieved, commiserate with folks who’ve slipped up. Remember how good it feels to be on the receiving end?
1. A smile and a kind word: Try to treat everyone I come into contact with as a real person, not like a “transaction”. It makes a lot more difference than we might think.
If alcohol made you happy
if it cured boredom
if it solved your relationship issues
If it gave more then it takes
Would you be reading this?
So if you’re thinking about drinking but know that’s not the best idea comeTalk to Us.
This “Top Ten Post” was shared to the Boozemusings Community by @Ira from HSM. Thank you Ira for helping me smile through my first sober year. A little bit of humor and common sense is always a great idea !