Three Things

There were many times when I would awaken to bruises, cuts, and no memory of how I got them. I woke up in the hospital several times, and once on a train track. How embarrassing it was to have to ask someone, where am I? I even woke up in a different State once. How did I get to Nevada? Who knows? I could see these behaviors more clearly once I started working the program through working the Steps. I knew I had to change from the inside out. I found others who had faced these basic changes in behavior. There were people in the meetings who had been sober for years and that to me was amazing! I heard others tell their stories and I related to them.  Everything I said, everything I did, and everything I thought all had to be considered, reviewed, and ultimately changed at a core level. The good news was that I could do this phenomenal task one day at a time. In the early days my sponsor realized that I was very resistant to change; and when I began discussing it with her, instead of giving me a long list of things I would need to change, she said not to worry as there were only three things a newcomer needed to change. I was relieved to hear that and said I could handle just three things and asked what they were, ready to get at it. My sponsor said, “Everything you say, everything you think, and everything you do.” Then she smiled, I didn’t. I DO NOW!!! LOL

Photo courtesy of MAGGS
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6 thoughts on “Three Things

  1. On the foundation of sobriety, we can build a life of honesty, unselfishness, faith in God, and love of our fellow human beings.

    http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day/thoughts?thoughtId=16308&searchTerm=On%20the%20foundation%20of%20sobriety,%20we%20can%20build%20a%20life%20of%20honesty,%20unselfishness,%20faith%20in%20God,%20and%20love%20of%20our%20fellow%20human%20beings. Twenty-four hours a day, January 19.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

  2. CHANGE

    ” I was relieved to hear that and said I could handle just three things and asked what they were, ready to get at it.
    My sponsor said, “Everything you say, everything you think, and everything you do.”
    Then she smiled, I didn’t.
    I DO NOW!!!
    LOL”

    On the foundation of sobriety, we can build a life of honesty, unselfishness, faith in God, and love of our fellow human beings.

    http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day/thoughts?thoughtId=16308&searchTerm=On%20the%20foundation%20of%20sobriety,%20we%20can%20build%20a%20life%20of%20honesty,%20unselfishness,%20faith%20in%20God,%20and%20love%20of%20our%20fellow%20human%20beings. Twenty-four hours a day, January 19.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

  3. I didn’t think my way sober, I didn’t whine my way sober, I didn’t demand my way sober…
    Defiant, truculent, wilful, self-centred in the extreme, egomaniacal me got sober as a result of taking the steps…I had a spiritual awakening as a result of taking the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous…I believe I will stay sober today as a result of trying to practice our principles in all of my affairs and carrying the message to the still stuffing…me and a couple million of others.
    Three yards, a cloud of dust and then all of a sudden I found I am living daily in Heaven, as, in my opinion, we are all meant to be.
    Grateful for the Gift

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