Do you like yourself? Seems like an odd question. How would you answer it? When I was drinking daily, I would say that I liked myself except for my drinking habit. And except for the lack of commitment I had to parenting with more patience. And except for the lack of commitment I had to take better care of myself. And except for how I acted when I was drinking. And except for the weight gain and belly bloat from my drinking. And except for… (insert more areas here).
Once I got control of my drinking, the other areas fell into place. Which means I didn’t like myself on some level and this crept into other areas of my life. We drink to escape something we don’t want to feel. And this leads to over-drinking. And we suffer. My relationship with myself was suffering. I wasn’t showing up the way I wanted. I didn’t trust myself. Or my word. I didn’t keep good on my word to cut back. I made excuses for my drinking.
We drink to escape something we don’t want to feel.
Now, I take care of myself. I show up for myself. And I am able to show up stronger and better for others. When your relationship with yourself and your mind is right, there is no need to drink. You don’t need it or want it. The desire goes away. And you begin to honor you.