Sober Saturday: Progress Report

Hello!! I hope you’re all doing well today…

I started thinking about today’s post a few days ago while I was on a Facebook. It felt like I had stepped into a time machine seeing some of the same types of childish posts and pictures from the same people. Now, like I’ve said before, it’s not my place to judge anyone or their progress but it did make me think about my own and how important it is for us to check ourselves AND hold the people in our circle accountable. This is about growth!

Throughout school we’d get reports on the progress we’d made over a certain period of time… I’ve never studied education so I’m not positive how the process actually goes. I’m guessing that after putting together a curriculum for the year realistic goals are set for how much know leg or growth should be seen by a certain period of time. It may be different for each class or each student, etc… But a way to track progress is set. And then of course, you receive your progress report every six weeks or so to let you know “You’re doing great, keep it up” or “You gotta step it up… Here’s what you need to do to reach the next level.” In my home sometimes there would be a reward if things were REALLY good and some sort of consequence if not.

It’s got to be that same way in our lives y’all.

We have to set realistic goals for ourselves, do what it takes to reach them, and ever so often do a progress check on where we’re at and what we need to do to reach the next level. Everyone has their own pace and they are ultimately the only ones that know what is really going on in their lives but we also need to surround ourselves with people that will hold us accountable and not allow us to cheat ourselves out of the life we deserve. Be honest with yourself… If you know you’ve had 10 drinks instead of your 1 drink limit do what it takes to rectify the situation before it spirals out of control. You might not be able to stay as long as you normally do and it doesn’t matter that your friend from college can drink 20 drinks before feeling a buzz… That’s them! And this is about you checking yourself!! If you know the game room you normally go to socialize and just get out of the house has turned into the place you are now going to gamble when you’re stressed, FIX IT! Set goals, write to do lists, and include things like “where I want to be in 5 years,” etc… You may not reach that exact goal but your work towards SOMETHING could possibly get you everything you’ve always needed that you never even knew you wanted.

I go through my old notes, emails, work every once in a while (yes, I’m a pack rat) and I may not be where I thought I would be at this age but I’m SO glad I’m no where near where I used to be. My language, outlook, relationship with God, and relationship with my friend and family has changed drastically and these are the things that really matter. Sometimes it may take you looking back and going to some of the places you used to hang to see how far you’ve come. You’ll remember yourself doing things you would NEVER do today and if you are still into some of the same bad things it’ll be your opportunity to change that behavior.


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