Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Big Mazal Tov to "Kedusha" on day #540 Clean!

by Kedusha (See all authors)

Boruch Hashem, today is day #540, which ties my longest streak in recent times.

Some background: I have had some periods of sobriety in the past. My longest such period in (relatively) recent times was about 18 months from September 2002 to March 2004. And this was before GYE. However, I always came back to it eventually, to my terrible pain and disappointment.

I am deeply grateful to the Ribbono Shel Olam and to the GYE Chevra for helping me get to this point. At the same time, I recognize that the main thing is not to count days, but to make our days count, one day at a time. Still, accumulating a good number of days serves as a great incentive to stay clean even when the going gets tough (Hashem should keep Nisyonos to a minimum for all of us, and always give us ample strength to get through them).

Although every day presents new challenges, I'm grateful to be where I am now, and am Mispallel that the sobriety will continue, b'Ezras Hashem, one day at a time, and that the challenges will be few and not too difficult. I also hope to work more on the "new design for living" concept; as Dov and Duvid Chaim always say, it's not only about staying sober.