The Gift Of Sobriety

My sobriety did not come free of charge – I had to work at it, and now I work at giving back to others, what has been given so freely to me. Life takes time, effort, and perseverance – every day, every moment. We seem to be a society who loves slogans, short-cuts, and ways and means of remembering the many methods and solutions available to us in recovery. I believe in using any and everything available that promotes my sobriety and recovery from the disease we call alcoholism. Being of service to others and to the Fellowship gives me feelings of being useful. I have a purpose in my life. When I walked through the doors of A.A., it was an act of “giving up,” I recognized that I did not have to do this all by myself – there were others who were willing to help, I came to know that I was no longer alone. I found my Higher Power, and God has been in charge since that time. I am no longer the “victim” – today I am an activist in my own recovery. Each and every day brings me blessings, and improved understanding of life and my role in it.
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4 thoughts on “The Gift Of Sobriety

  1. Part of living life on life’s terms which is what we often refer to as our way of living in recovery is one’s prayer life and I certainly needed a lot of help with this for I had never developed any kind of habit or meaningful experience in this blessing.
    Oh I prayed every once in a while, perhaps once or twice a year and I sat quietly in church when we were supposedly being led in prayer but now that I know the difference I realize I never engaged at any meaningful level in this wonderful sacrament.
    Once or twice a year as I was lying in bed awaiting going to sleep I felt an urge to pray and I tried to pray but often or every time after a brief period I gave up. I gave up on trying to pray that is.
    So when they strongly suggested to me that part of my recovery process was to be praying every morning and simply asking God to help me get through the day without having to take a drink of liquor I started giving this a try and the next thing I knew was a consciousness developing that this prayer was being answered for I was getting through the day without taking a drink of liquor and by golly even the thought or urge was noticeably lessening.
    Incrementally my prayer life is becoming deeper.
    How much deeper it may go I certainly don’t know.
    Kind of seems like it is with me nearly all the time.

    “Praying

    It doesn’t have to be
    the blue iris, it could be
    weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
    small stones; just
    pay attention, then patch

    a few words together and don’t try
    to make them elaborate, this isn’t
    a contest but the doorway

    into thanks, and a silence in which
    another voice may speak.”

    ― Mary Oliver, Thirst

  2. Morning all.
    Lovely poem.
    Simple.
    Straight forward.
    I love the line from our “basic text” which says “we shouldn’t be shy about this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly”.
    A great reminder about what I am directed to do and what my role is.
    Grateful for the gift.

  3. this is what I know about prayer…
    I must start and I must continue,
    upon awakening I ask for guidance,
    before retiring I give thanks,
    those I pray for need the help and I need the practice,
    I need to listen for the still small voice,
    in both prayer “AND” meditation.

  4. Top of the morning family,
    We have shown how we got out from under. You say, “Yes, I’m willing. But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I s ee? I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?”

    Prayer to me is a handshake with the Divine Mercy. This secret place is where He comforts, enables, and guides me through our journey. When I’m at “my” lowest; I’m always at a distance or hiding from Him. He’s my Helper and is available every second of the day. All I have to do is just let go…

    A Friend of Bill W.
    If you settle for your wildest dreams, you will be selling yourself short.

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