– Mark Twain
We have a tendency to live our lives with a lot of “shoulds”. When it comes to sobriety, we often hear people say: “ I should have gotten sober a long time ago.” By living our lives in these regrets, we not only magnify the negativity in our lives, but we fail to be able to embrace the good. It becomes only a matter of time before we are living our lives in misery again. The antidote for this is gratitude- gratitude for the hope and opportunity that I can take advantage of today. Rather than having to look back and wish I had gotten sober a long time ago, I’ll be able to look back and tell myself that I’m glad I got sober when I did. Today, I have the opportunity to make my life what I want it to be today. I will live a today I can be proud of, and 20 years from now, I won’t have to look back in despair, but in gratitude from making the choice to stop hurting myself and others by getting sober and into recovery.