United We Are

I have to ask myself, why put temptation in my face – I mean, who needs it?  I love ice cream, but I have found that I can resist ice cream all the more when I do not have any in my home.  If ice cream is to be found, I will find myself indulging, one more time.  It is not good for me, for my health or even for my wallet when I get right down to it.  But I do love my ice cream – so I have come to a place of compromise.

Temptation is more of a dangerous thing for this alcoholic.  Temptation can lead me astray, temptation can set me off, back to that mental obsession and physical allergy, that I have come to understand as the basis for alcoholism.  I do not need to have my “poison” in my face, I do not need to “test” myself.  My past teaches me what happens when I am faced with temptation.  Once started – impossible to stop; that defines my drinking pattern.  My insanity will return and the possibility of death will return, in short order.  I prefer the company of those in recovery, just as I am.  I prefer a life of recovery, rather than a death of alcoholism.  I prefer to surround myself with positive people, in positive places, with positive attitudes.  Temptation can take a hike, as far as I am concerned.  I prefer the safety of the fellowship, the company of those, like me, who are in the same “boat.”  Together we are so much stronger than any temptation that may come our way.  Divided we fall, together we stand strong against any and all temptations.

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13 thoughts on “United We Are

  1. “Do the next right thing”.

    This admonition is repeated sometimes to the point of tedium about how to behave but it is never useless for we who classified ourselves as egomaniacs with inferiority complexes.
    Perhaps it should be broadly expanded by adding …………for the right reason to have it say, “Do the next right thing for the right reason”.

    We had a lively discussion with good points and counterpoints yesterday on the efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous which contained some barbed assertions that it harms more than it helps. I understand that we are under continuous scrutiny which is as it should be for this act of continuous inventory serves to keep us on our toes and additionally for most strengthens our faith. We will certainly need to be prepared to defend our 12 step process as a method of being constantly more prepared to live life on life’s terms or in other words to face life with maturity.
    This far cry from how most of us formerly did this to how lots of us now do it is quite remarkable and I feel will stand up to anyone’s honest evaluation.

    Meditation for the Day

    I must live in the world and yet live apart with God. I can go forth from my secret times of communion with God to the work of the world. To get the spiritual strength I need, my inner life must be lived apart from the world. I must wear the world as a loose garment. Nothing in the world should seriously upset me, as long as my inner life is lived with God. All successful living arises from this inner life.

    And how about that?
    Neither the program nor the world will constantly be pinching us.
    Let’s hear it for the concept of a “loose garment”.

  2. Great post and I can relate. Ice cream has the perfect combination of fat and sugar and both substances ARE addictive and light up pleasure centers in the brain. I have the same problem with chocolate so have to try to avoid it because I’ll eat way too much. It’s not easy! Alcohol, of course, is the same and I have to watch out for people, places, and things. One of the most difficult “solutions” to maintaining my sobriety has been to end a lot of friendships I had with my old college drinking buddies. Although now I realize we weren’t that close and most probably liked to drink with me because my lack of control made them feel better about their drinking. I’m grateful to AA!

  3. I thank god every day for my sobriety and for my nightly bowl of ice cream….! LOL. I am also very aware of the fact that I am one sip of booze away from falling down the rat hole into drunken oblivion–I need to constantly remind myself that I am a raging alcoholic and without a spiritual program I am doomed.

  4. I totally enjoyed yesterdays posts even though I don’t like being stereotyped for others actions maybe even discriminated against. I am only me and do my best to not hurt others and in my eyes stereotyping is just another way to make oneself feel better about themselves which is perversion in itself. Thinking back I had a sponsor who claimed to be prejudiced and fired him for it only to find out I ma prejudiced myself and can’t even help it but i do not discriminate with intent and malice. I will not consciously group addicts into one and judge them harshly with contempt prior and will pray for those who do. I go to many meetings and watch rather ugly people grow into beautiful useful people and it’s some of greatest joy I’ve ever experienced!

    I had 5 years yesterday, woo hoo! but in reality it was just another day I chose to not take that first drink.

    I thank all of you for being here and your support when i needed it most.

    Your post is spot on Bonster and thanks for the link yesterday Harry. Thanks to Tom, Mag’s Kt and Tom and JT, and Jeri. God bless you all!

    • Hi 3D! I just wanted to say that in the last 3 or so years, I’ve seen quite a bit of growth from you words sir!! Daniel, it has been such a pleasure to be part of your journey! Big hugs to you!! Xo

    • I was so excited about telling you how much growth I’ve witnessed, I forgot to say WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO! HAPPY 5 YRS!!! LOL….That’s me….I’m learning. …..and growing with all of you… 💜💛💚💜

    • A big Congratulations Dan, I think you have shared your experience, strength and hope and I have benefitted from it. Keep going, keep sharing. Thanks to you!

  5. Woo Hoo for 5 years for Dan!
    Thanks for being here, sharing your journey with us in your unique and wonderful manner.
    I am so pleased to be on the same path with you, Dan.
    With apologies, “…and we were rocketed into a fourth dimension…” ( p.25 of the BB); maybe 3D should be packing a lunch?
    Best wishes my friend.

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