Becoming Familiar With Change

Change is not one of my favorite topics. mainly because I don’t like change occurring in my life – which is laughable, since the Program is all about change. For the newcomer, there is always the comment about change that goes thusly: There’s two things alcoholics don’t like – change and the way things are. Working the Program of recovery tells me that change happens – it is the goal of the Program that we experience change in our lives. Somewhere in the literature it is written that there is only one thing we need to change, in order to claim recovery – and that one thing is . . . everything. I needed to change my habits, I needed to change my view of life, I needed to change my behavior, and I needed to change my perspective about alcohol and other substances that I had been using. Change is quite often associated with “growth,” and growth is assumed when change has taken place.

“When nothing changes, nothing changes.” If I don’t change my behavior, my life will remain the same, sorry mess it was before recovery. I have to change in order for change to occur. Am I being redundant? Change is like that – it takes the same effort time and again – for change to finally become comfortable, and an intrinsic part of me. Becoming familiar with change takes time, and a willingness unlike anything I ever experienced before recovery. Sometimes, I just have to keep stepping, working the Program, day in and day out – and then one morning I awaken and realize that change has happened right before my eyes.♥♥♥


7 thoughts on “Becoming Familiar With Change

  1. 56 years ago; I remember it like it is right now; I held this 6 lbs. 7 oz. or maybe it was 7 lbs. 6 oz. infant in my arms and declared, “This is my little buddy”.
    He is and has been my little buddy ever since.
    This became his nickname.
    Happy birthday Buddy.

    Like my son Buddy and several other loved ones some people are just unforgettable.
    One of these is my gruff old sponsor who said some things so often that they as well as he are unforgettable. He often said, “This is a design for living that really works”. He often said, “I have been given the opportunity to live two lifestyles in one lifetime”.
    This wonderer often wondered how in the world he became so wise?
    As I have journeyed along I have seen these statements in print and heard them vociferated in our meetings quite often.
    When we know better we believe better.
    When we believe better, we do better.

    We in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works.

  2. Ditto to all of the above and thank you for sharing. I hate change and going through it right now as the company I have worked for for the past 18 years was bought out. We are all in limbo and have no idea what is to come of anything. Here is where I have to really believe in the 3rd step. “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” If I don’t do this daily, hourly, by the minute I am a nervous wreck. G*d hasn’t taken me this far to desert me. Here is where i have to have faith in things unseen. Love to you all!! Tree

    • AMEN TREE! I’ll keep praying as I always have everyone on This24 in my dailys!! Hugs to you and thank you for letting us know! It’s so difficult to be in Limbo. Yesterday was a turning point for me and the railroad. All is how it should be! Love and a GREAT BIG HUG!

      • Thanks for your prayers and comforting words. Here is where having phone numbers and a support group help immensely. You don’t have to go through it alone!!! A great big hug back.

  3. Top of the afternoon family,
    Changes didn’t happen instantly when implementing the steps. They took place over a long time period. My faith grew deeper and my understanding of society, God, and myself started changing. I had many life alterations to weave into. This was accomplished by only one choice at a time. God does for me what I can’t do for myself.
    Its a good Friday to have a good Friday.

  4. Morning folks. Good to catch up a bit and see how you all are handling life’s events one day at a time. God bless.

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