Friday April 24, 2015

Today marks seven years since Dan got sober. It was a life changing event for him, for us as a couple and for our family.

So often here, I write about milestones that are tragic - diagnosis day, missed birthdays and homecomings and of course, the day Shannon passed.

As we talked about this milestone last night, Dan recognized that seven years ago he couldn't imagine being where he is now, leading a life without alcohol. Then he turned to me and said, "You know how I got here? One day at a time..."

Those words are an important motto no matter what you face in life. It's so easy to get caught up in projecting to the future and worrying about what's ahead.

So, today is a reminder to celebrate the good in life and to stay present. To remember that change is inevitable, but growth is optional. It's easier to just go along letting things happen to us, keeping things the way they've always been. Status quo is the path of least resistance.

It takes courage to make a conscious choice to improve your life. I'm grateful that Dan made the choice to grow.

"Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better." - Sydney J. Harris