Sep 26, 2021
UPFRONT AND PERSONAL ❤️
Today I am celebrating 45 years, WOW 45 years, of sobriety and sometimes it feels like only yesterday. Second only to the birth of my son, it was one of the most life changing and biggest accomplishments and rewards I had acheived up until 2011 when I founded Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. ❤️ I do not miss drinking at all and though my son Frank Wisneski jokes and says he feels like a failure cuz he didn’t drive me to drink (trust me his teenage years were no picnic and quite the challenge 😂😂😂), he was actually my motivator ❤️
Everyday, one day at a time, even today, when my feet touch the floor I say “ gotta stay sober Toby, he may need you for something “ and after 45 years, I still show up everyday , sober and ready to take on the day 😄 I was fortunate as I have never done or even experienced a drug in my entire life and for that I am so grateful.
In the past I drank to escape a horrible, abusive family life and when I became a parent myself I made a promise that I would never raise my child the way I was raised, I kept that promise ❤️ Life wasn’t easy however I learned to deal with the problems, the heartache and, as a sober person I learned, though the pain was difficult to handle, once I faced it head on, it was done.
I contribute my overall wellness to the fact I stopped abusing my body at a young age and each and every day I am grateful for the many blessings in my life. When I founded Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. 10 years ago, people worried that the the stress and pain would tempt me to falter HOWEVER it has had the opposite effect. I stay present for the animals, I stay focused, because they need me to be and I pay forward my gift of life each and every day ❤️
Yes, over the years the heartaches and struggles have been many, however I have learned so much from the animals, my own and our rescues. Trust is earned, forgiveness is a given and love, when it is felt from the heart, is truly unconditional. I may not be the “perfect person” they believe me to be, however I am a much better person today because of them ❤️
So please join me today as I celebrate life, love and gratitude and one more day of sobriety because I know, somewhere, somebody, some helpless animal, someone who is struggling, is gonna need me for something today and I will be here ready, willing, able and most importantly, sober, to rise to the occasion ❤️ 🎉🎉🎉 tw, LNPB #sobriety #45years #onedayatatime #staysafe #staywell #GodBless