Women for Sobriety, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome Substance Use Disorders. Founded in 1975, it was the first national self-help recovery program for women. The WFS New Life Program helps women achieve sobriety and sustain ongoing recovery. This blog is being preserved as an archive, as new posts are now being made on our main website, womenforsobriety.org.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Monday Thoughts ~ Statement #1
“You raze the old to raise the new.”-Justina Chen
“New Year’s Day.A fresh
start.A new chapter in life waiting to
be written.New questions to be asked,
embraced, and loved.Answers to be
discovered and the lived in this transformative year of delight and
self-discovery.Today carve out a quiet
interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand.Only dreams give birth to change.”-Sarah Ban Breathnach
“The price of discipline is always less than
the pain of regret.”-Nido
This past year was filled with many firsts
and numerous lasts, but one thing in common we share is our human spirit.We have the opportunity to employ acceptance
and gratitude for what was, while opening our hearts and minds to embrace what
can be.Maybe 2017 was a first year of
sobriety or maybe you added another twelve months to your New Life, yet at the
core; change, responsibility and action influence our well-being.
Learning to live without the crutch of
alcohol is a courageous act of love and Statement #1 is where it begins.Embarking each morning clearly knowing what
was said or done the night before is freeing, empowering and inspiring.In our WFS
Program Booklet, Jean states, “I have a life-threatening problem, but it no
longer has me.It no longer controls me.I am the master of my actions, and I am the
master of myself.”
What will 2018 be like for you?Here are some questions that can jump start
your New Year:
·What are your goals and aspirations?
·What is one thing you can do today to get you closer to that
·What will you create?
·Is there a new skill or hobby you want to learn?
·Is anything holding you back?
·What are you resisting?
·Is there something fearful that you are resisting?Success?Change?Health?Intimacy?
Resisting can also be healthy: resisting
alcohol is the beginning of sobriety and leads into recovery.
Be YOU.Everyone else is taken.Embrace
your exceptional qualities and work on changing areas that you feel need
work.No one is perfect, allow yourself
to be the best you.
and Happy New Year!
Hi 4C Women,
I was thinking about this past year and
how much I am grateful for and what I have learned about myself.It’s amazing to me that after all these
years, I am still being taught life lessons.I have to say that sobriety is not boring!It may be extremely challenging at times but
that is life and I am so glad that I am meeting these challenges with a clear
mind and LOTS of loving support.This is
one of the reasons I have remained involved with WFS - the gift of receiving
while also giving is precious to me and so invaluable.Even though I have been sober a long time,
the need for continued hope, acceptance and understanding is still with me.When a new woman walks through the doors, I
hope that is the feeling she is receiving.Even though it may appear we have it all together, we share a history of
struggles, disappointments, frustrations, pain and along with that, joy, peace,
forgiveness, trust and compassion.We
start out wanting a New Life and if we stay with it, we create a New
So as the New Year begins, I encourage you
to give back by sharing, giving hope and attending meetings, either f2f, online
or BOTH, and give back the gift you received.No matter where you are at in this recovery journey, you have something
to offer.For those who have been
attending for a while, a new member is a gift of remembrance and gratefulness
to be able to give the hope and encouragement they received in the beginning.For new members, you are in a safe place to
share, to be accepted and supported with compassion.Either way, we are bonded together without explanation
but with acceptance.