Hope Is The Key.

I have had moments and times of discouragement in recovery, I believe that others experience these same feelings, as well.  The difference between how I handle those feelings now, as compared as to how I used to handle them is just about one hundred percent opposite.  It was, at one time, the perfect excuse to say “to hell with it,” which I did most of the time, and that was followed with a bout of drinking, after all I didn’t have to answer to anyone, I could do as I damn well please.  Who needs (it, whatever “it” was at that moment) anyway?  I was good at starting things – but my ability to finish anything was sorely lacking.  If I became even just a little discouraged I would “throw in the towel!”

Hope is always there for me – it was there that first time I went to a meeting, and it continues to be there for me, daily.  Hope tells discouragement to move on down the road, that this place, this time is not where discouragement is welcomed.    Our Serenity Prayer talks about having the “courage to change the things I can” which calls for determination and confidence – and these two are the antithesis of discouragement.  One thing I know for sure, my Higher Power, God, is always there for me.  Should I ever get discouraged all I need do is ask the God of my understanding for help – and it will come, sometimes in ways that are quite a surprise to me.  I particularly liked the part of the quote that stated: “May I always remember that the power within me is far greater that any fear before me.”



9 thoughts on “Hope Is The Key.

  1. I just read Mr Jacques post and i can say with certainty that I have, in nearly 5 years time, over fifty phone numbers of sober folks in a community in which I had over 300 numbers of users after nearly 40 years of being a drunk and druggie. i think that’s pretty good evidence that this program works and I’ve got at least half a dozen sponsees who are still sober today who help others. As far as survey;s go, anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions and i can’t think of anyone who would fill one out, sheesh. I’ve not been in touch with the detox center or rehab where i went to except for bringing others there either so they have no idea of what I’m doing and i don’t really care to let them know. A meeting everyday of the week here is further proof that this program works, actually nine and there were 5 when I came in. God bless you all!

  2. The post made me realize how fortunate I must be, as well as numerous others that I know who have decades of sobriety and still attend meetings regularly.
    ….that may be the key. Working the steps and attending meetings regularly?

  3. Top of the morning family,
    Hope to me is the gift of optimism.
    “give me hope help me cope with this heavy load” George Harrison.
    peace / progress

  4. So eventually, after a wee while amongst you, I found that the power of choice had returned, not simply about alcohol, but about what my next thought would be.
    As I attempted to practice our program, I found hope and optimism all around me as I sought direction.
    Today, through Grace, I consciously choose hope and optimism because they are useful to me and those I would help.
    Grateful for the Gift

  5. Hope for me used to consist of being able to buy another bottle to continue my binge drinking. I drank to escape from reality. I wanted to get away from relationships, commitments, worry, and disappointment with myself and others. I also hoped that my binge would stop and I could live a normal life without alcohol. I always said I was done with alcohol, but I always knew that there would be another drunk in me.
    Then one day, as I lay in a physical therapy bed I started questioning my relationship with alcohol. I read and reread anything I could get about steps 1-3. The BB, 12 x 12, As Bill sees it, the life recovery bible, etc. For the first time in the last 7 years, I believed and felt that my life was unmanageable because I was powerless over alcohol. The only thing that alcohol gave me was misery and pain. I surrendered to God and I quit denying that I was an alcoholic. I had hope that if I prayed for God’s help and practiced the AA program, I would find peace and happiness in my life. The hope I believed in is still working today. Every day, I have a desire to stay sober. Reading your online shares givers me the hope of sobriety one day at a time.

    • I’d just like to say thank you for participating Albert….and all those who come on a daily basis to This24. Doc, 3D, Tom S,.Tom R, Kt, Clay, ALL OF YOU. Paul D (Grin)…you are on my mind!!! You ALL give me HOPE!

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