Keller: Celebrating sobriety one day at a time

Published 8:55 am Saturday, February 1, 2020

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On Saturday, Jan. 25, I celebrated 46 years of sobriety. That morning at PJ’s, I shared with a friend what had happened that day 46 years ago. I was a heavy drinker and had attempted many times, with no success, to seek help for my problem.

Jan. 25, 1974 was my friend Gene Duhe’s birthday. We worked together at a bank, and I suggested we have drinks after work to celebrate. He was never one who enjoyed alcohol, but I convinced him to go. I drank too much, got drunk, and he drove me home.

I’ll never forget our conversation. I told him I needed to quit drinking and since it was his birthday, I was going to quit, and therefore, it would always be easy to remember my sobriety date.

I called him this past Saturday morning, wished him a happy birthday, and we reminisced for a few minutes.

As we enjoyed our coffee, he asked if I would go to a self-help program with him to share and celebrate my anniversary date. I agreed to go, and Wednesday night I moderated the meeting. When I shared how long I was sober, I didn’t mention 46 years, but instead said I stayed sober one day at a time for 16,801 days. The reason I mentioned the time in days is because in the program I learned that life is lived just one day at a time.

I was also told that only two days will confuse your life – yesterday and tomorrow. The only day we have is today, which is called the present. It’s a gift from God for us to enjoy.

The Bible says to fret not about tomorrow because we don’t know what it holds.

I thank God for my sobriety, but most importantly, my salvation.

If you have any question or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084 or call 985-652-8477.