Wednesday, January 26, 2011

One Year

***Submitted by Corinne, who is a regular contributor to Crying Out Now

I have strung 365 sober days together. At times painfully. At times effortlessly. And every day I count the months. I count the days. Sometimes I count the moments.

It helps me believe the truth in where I am. I am sober. I have chosen sobriety and my life and my children and my husband and each moment I have chosen to be present.

This year brought much reflection, digging, learning. I now know that I used to drink to numb, to not care. I used to drink to feel... like myself. Or the self that I thought I was. But I never really understood who I was until I stopped drinking.

And I’m still finding out.

When I look back at the last year, I see truth.

I see the truth of what sobriety can give you: freedom, bright eyed mornings, awareness. I see truth in the community of those in recovery: kindness, non judgement, compassion. I see truth in my life: honesty, openness, a gentle soul, and a long way to go. And in being true with myself and others, I’ve found a soft landing for this weary traveler to rest her soul.

One year. One beautifully painful exquisite year.


  1. Congrats Beautiful Corinne!!! I am so so happy for you! Thank you for being such an inspiration

  2. Congratulations Corinne, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for putting your voice out there too, and being of help to me and to others. Much, much love and continued happiness!!

  3. Congratulations on 365 days! What an accomplishment. Wishing you much more happiness!

  4. This is huge.

    I'm just starting starting to see where you're coming from too.

  5. amazing, courageous work corinne. congratulations.

  6. Three Hundred Sixty Five Days! Excellent!

    Congrats on all the hard work...

  7. Congrats!!! Wishing you continued awakenings on your journey

  8. Congratulations. I love what you wrote, it helps me push forward.

  9. Congratulations, My heart sings for you!