Life After Recovery

The Program of Alcoholics Anonymous is a Fellowship of diverse people. While we all share a similar problem, we also share a similar solution, and that is what connects us and makes it work. Before recovery I spent many days lambasting those around me, as doing that seemed to bolster my own sagging ego. Feeling good about me was always at the expense of someone else. “Live and Let Live” tells me that we each have the right to live as we choose without judgment. It does not matter what we wear, it does not matter where we live, it does not matter who we choose to live with, it does not matter who we love – what does matter is that we become willing to open our minds to new ways of thinking, new ways of living, and new ways of being. My business ends at the end of my nose – other people’s business is not my business. Focusing on my sobriety affords me many new avenues to living a better life, one that includes a tolerance for allowing others to live as they choose. I love the diversity of A.A. While I have been to many, many meetings, I can safely say that no two were exactly the same. Each and every meeting is “different” in some way. I believe that fact has enabled me to continue to attend meetings, albeit to the consternation of the “normie,” who asks of us “Do you still have to go to those meetings?” And my reply is “No, I don’t have to go, I want to go.” I love sitting in a roomful of sober alcoholics, I am truly BLESSED!!


5 thoughts on “Life After Recovery

  1. Thank the Lord for this day and for all that is in it.
    My times are in His hand.
    My soul rests with Him, my Anamchara.

    Welcome to my world.

    Nearly 3 decades ago I was granted the opportunity and the grace of time to look back over my life without any expectations, only open-minded review.
    What I saw was love – love in its many forms and expressions.
    I saw it in its most tenderness as expressed by my parents but I also saw it expressed by my teachers, my friends and buddies, my sweethearts, the authorities in my life etc. – you get the picture.

    Finally I observed it in exemplary expression in some smoke filled rooms where Alcoholics Anonymous was meeting.

    Some of these have lingered for a while, some for a lifetime.

    All have been in some way shaped and formed my character.

    By all I have been molded.

    We tap God’s gift of wisdom by looking backward; remembering; which will give a whole new perspective on life. Life then is no longer just stray threads but rather a tapestry that wants to be woven together into the most amazing shapes and colors and forms.
    -Br. Curtis Almquist

    The tapestry of my life as a work of art is in process.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic. – Georgia, US of A.

  2. It’s a daily struggle to stay positive so AA is very helpful and this site gives me constant reminders to stay close to the program. Thanks to all!

  3. How fortunate we are. We have a place to go. Where we know we will be received with warmth.
    Whatever our temporary emotional state may be.
    Without precondition save a desire to stop drinking.
    We come together in a common solution to a common problem.
    And a solution we can agree upon.
    One that forgoes self seeking and personal gain.
    This is a most rare thing.
    We are blessed.
    Grateful for the Gift.

  4. Hi I thought I wrote something this am but must have lost it in Cyberspace, anyway I liked your lead share about wanting to go to meetings. I also feel grateful for the program of aa as I no longer have to be so anxious about should haves, could haves, and would haves. Thanks to this 24 and aa people in recovery! Thanks to my Higher Power I choose to call God. Kt

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