92. Lasting Change
On Matey’s last day the group asked him what he had learned. He said, “Lasting change is less about what you don’t do and more about what you do instead. I seen people relapse ‘cause they did nothing but miss the booze. I met miserable people with years clean bitter ‘cause they couldn’t drink. That won’t be me, I’m finding things to do.” He listed a few, then whispered something in Connie Lee’s ear that made her blush. She laughed and elbowed him in the ribs.
“It’s like a diet,” Connie Lee said. “If you replace food you like with things you don’t, you won’t stay on it long.”
Today I will remember lasting change is less about what you don’t do, and more about what you do instead.
Sober Not Somber © 2015, 2016 by Ken Montrose
(Just a reminder: Sober Not Somber is a work of fiction. Any resemblance between the characters and someone you might know is purely coincidental.)