About 8 months ago we made a massive decision to move the Live Rehab family out to London. At the time I didn’t know what to expect but we knew it was something we wanted to do. We specifically wanted to live in London and not outside of London so we moved into Zone 4.
At first London has that “tourist” charm. That stage lasts about the average holiday (think 2 weeks or less). Then real life sets in. It’s at this point that London can seem very…rubbish. I mean this in a sense that it can be harsh, brutal and gritty. Coming from Seattle the initial shock was quite high.
Once that period is over you do start to see things differently. You can find the beauty (also perhaps because it is fall/autumn) in many places. Like this duck. Just chilling on the embankment on the walk home. It goes to show that if we look for beauty we are able to find it.
One of the most surprising things about long-term sobriety has been the appreciation of beauty and love. With a clear, healthy and clean mindset cultivated over many years of hard practice it becomes almost second nature. Sober living has many things to teach us and we believe that these lessons change over time and in sync with the life we are leading.
By listening intently to the messages that our journey on sobriety is trying to take us, we can see the impacts of healthy living. Looking at life through a lens of addiction causes us to not see the beauty all around us. Then, once we obtain sobriety, it can take many years before this natural beauty and wonder is realized back to us again.
So, Live Rehab friends, where do you find beauty in the most unlikely of places and how has it impacted your sober living?