Every day is an opportunity to begin it right. A beginning with gratitude – for sanity and recovery; a pause – for clarity of vision; a memory – of from where we have come; a commitment – to sobriety for today; and a prayer – for guidance. This is a good recipe for a right start. And a quick check in with a prayer partner will surely help!
Letting go is a challenge for people of our type. We want so much to fix things ourselves – in us – and others. That is why that first step, admitting our own powerlessness, is one of our biggest challenges. And that is why we continue to remind ourselves that we need to turn, not only our lives, but the lives of others, over to God. So today I will Let Go and Let God!
For many of us a practice of prayer does not come naturally. Yet, it is such a core part of the twelve step program that we are compelled to make it our practice. The eleventh step states “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out”. And when we so pray, we are consistently encouraged by the results. Today I am determined to work a complete program and so – today, I will pray.
Part of our recovery involves sharing –
What we were like: Powerless over our emotions of depression, rage, or the like;
What happened: Discovered freedom through this program; and
What we are like now: In recovery one day at a time.
We discovered in the sharing that we helped not only others but ourselves. So – today I will share.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states that some “are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which requires rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average”. Honesty can be as much of a challenge while working the program as it was in the beginning. Many of us struggled to admit with “rigor” the seriousness of our addiction when we started the twelve-step program and many of us still find ourselves challenged to admit our stumbles and even relapses along the way. But having discovered freedom, I aspire to “trudge the Road of Happy Destiny”, and so – today, I will be honest.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous declares: “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path..” A path of working the 12 steps with a sponsor has proven to be the path thoroughly followed for many of us. Our next step may be to start the path, to start the next step, or to continue in a step. Wherever I may be in my journey – today I will continue – and take the next step.
Today I will take time to reflect – where I have come from – where I am – and where I will go. An active addiction, substance or emotional, can consume most of our time with thoughts about trying to gain control over our addiction. In sobriety we find ourselves with time for thoughts and actions that we just didn’t have before. As we take time to reflect on our recovery we realize that instead of spending all of our time thinking about ourselves we have time to go to help another.