Back in rehab, one of the group therapists asked us what kinds of plans we could create to work through triggers. As I was thinking about the question, I realized that I need to go back in time and pull up happy memories and situations. Maybe it sounds silly, but it does make sense. Obviously, when I was a child (and teenager) I did not drink while traveling, settling down for the night, or visiting friends. Remembering does not only help with triggers but also improve my mood when I have to relax.
I noticed a small scene this morning when I went out to check the weather.
It reminds me of our vacation spot at the Lake Balaton where I spent 17 summers. How happy I was! Even now I can smell the warm breeze and the scent of the water. The pine trees were different, the path was a gravel path instead of concrete, and the grass was higher. Still, looking at the scene brought up a wealth of wonderful feelings and memories. It is only the backyard. Simple and ordinary. But to me, it is special. I am so grateful for noticing it. ♥