4-JPG Journey in Sobriety

What I heard sobriety felt like …

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Image Courtesy of Gualberto107/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What it really felt like once I got started …

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Image Courtesy of sritangphoto/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What it felt like after a year or so

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Image  Courtesy of Simon Howden/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What it has come to feel like (mostly)

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Image  Courtesy of Dino De Luca/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

None of us

wanted to do this.

All of us

had to do this.

It sucked for all of us … at the beginning.

Until it did not.

Find some courage.

It is a skill

that will serve you

your whole life.

Wishing you courage to remain sober in 2014 …

Because it’s not always going to be easy.


21 Responses to “4-JPG Journey in Sobriety

  • It is a skill. Wow, Lisa. This what I needed to read today. After a year or so… 🙂

    • I my opinion it’s a skill. When I come at it from this perspective it affords me the option to choose. Do I choose courage? I love you dearly and am blessed by your journey. Happy New Year. Lisa

  • LOVE this. I’m the grumpy purple one in the back row. 😉

    Some days are chickens.
    Some days are feathers.

    Love you!

    • Happy New Year. You grumpy?!? Funny how we don’t see that side of one another via internet friendship. I love you. Happy New Year.

  • How do you manage to say so much with so few words? And the perfect images to boot.

    And that ROS “chick” is pretty funny.

    Love ya.

  • Loved this. Simplicity and power behind few words is your strength and forte, my friend. I think this comes a matter of living life that way…and you certainly do, as my gut tells me. I love the images as well…perfect.

    You have taught me something here again, Lisa. You have been a mentor to me this past year, and I always come here for rest and repose. Your words are like an oasis, your corner of the world a place of peace. I am always excited to see that you’ve posted (even though I know it’s every Sunday!!).

    Big 2013 hugs to you…and wishing you a wonderful 2014.


  • You are a creative visionary, Lisa, and you inspire me to be more, learn more, and grow more! I hope you have a fantastic New Year’s, and I look forward to more wisdom in 2014!

    • Yay, inspire to “be, learn, and grow.” That is the whole purpose for my work. I am so fortunate to be the recipient of so much positive mentoring. Just yesterday I said to my husband, “If you don’t teach me who will?” We are all each other’s teacher. If feels nicer to hold the world this way. From a girl who thought that every one was out to destroy her to a girl that sees everyone out to teach her… Wow! What a shift in perception. I was a menacing drunk. And I’m so glad I finally figured out a little about sobriety and life. I think it’s going to be a great 2014. I’m excited to journey with you and learn from you.

  • I just found your blog and adore the word picture you shared here. I’ll be back 🙂 Thanks.

    • Thank you for finding me! I love when new friends comment. We have a great online community here. Looking forward to your input (wisdom) and struggles (also wisdom). We’ll all grow together as we help each other out. Blessings for 2014. Lisa

  • Haha… chuckled aloud at this one. I’m at 20 months-ish and I love the “after a year or so” picture… I feel like I’m stuck in between that one and the rainbow chicks. 😀 Somedays I’m brightly colored and some days I’ve been shredded by wind. 🙂 Love it!

    • 20 months … that’s amazing. Not an easy feat my friend. Very proud of you. (not that you are mine to be proud of) Just that the early days/months are so, so hard. It surprises me that I made it through. Keep the focus on today…who you GET to be today sober. What is your date of sobriety? Happy New Year. with lots of love, Lisa

      • The early days and months are killer! I am so thankful I’ve made it through. Truly a miracle. Thanks for the reminder that sobriety is not deprivation – it’s a gift that I GET to have. 🙂 My sobriety date is May 6 2012. 🙂
        Happy New Year to you as well! and love to you.

  • But it will always be worth it…

    Great visual journey.

  • Love it Lisa! Although I think the second picture was also my first picture! Lol!

  • Thank you for those new year wishes 🙂 We should all have an easy year!
    I wanted to let you know that my freshly written OA-essay http://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/that-one-chance-we-have-at-living-climbing-the-stairs-of-our-life/ is in a way a tribute to the courage you gave me in a temporary low which I mentioned (and put your link)
    You have all my gratitude for it! Thanks for being there when it mattered 🙂

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