From Chaos To Order

Active addiction creates total chaos in our lives.  Even in early recovery, when drinking has ended, chaos still reigns.  Living an ordinary life does not come easily when for years we’ve lived otherwise.  That’s the bad news:  order doesn’t return automatically. The good news is that order will return and chaos will end with time and effort.  One answer to the first question, “Where do I start?” is “First you make your bed.”  Literally and figuratively, this is a good place to start.  We may not straighten out the whole room, let alone the whole house, but at least the habit of making the bed is the beginning of some kind of order.  Something is in place.  The rest will follow. We can start small and build.  With time, effort, patience, and the help of our Higher Power, who guides us as we grow in confidence, order will return.We’ve already seen it starting to happen. Today help me bring order to my life. Help me be patient with this process.
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4 thoughts on “From Chaos To Order

  1. Top of the morning family,
    It’s our lack of patience that breeds chaos.
    Self will always see what I don’t have.
    When I relax in Him and through Him, I begin to count my blessings / mend my ways. Self doesn’t care much as one is wrong; but that Self is right.

    Yesterday I was listening to xm/sirrus radio; 80’s channel. The band, “Tears for fears” was playing, “everybody wants to rule the world”. Even though I heard this jam a 100 times. At that moment of now, there’s a nugget in the melody.
    – am I ruling those around me?
    – am I dividing or multiplying?
    – am I ruling those in my family?
    – am I convincing myself that self can rule self?

    “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”― Noam Chomsky

    It’s a good day to have a good day.

  2. One of the amazing things about this disease is that we can be in active addiction without drinking if self will still runs riot. When we don’t practice love and tolerance. When we don’t listen and learn from others.
    Every positive action, no matter how small, plants a seed.

  3. Good morning
    I find it helpful, speaking only for myself, to observe, and then participate, in the world.
    Prayer is unabashedly recommended as a means of doing so.
    Since I believe The Great Being already knows what is in my mind and heart, I try “dwelling upon” and “being joined with the present” as techniques.

    Moment’s fragile fullness, most delicately wrought; heart tremulous, expands all aglow, invincible…
    Grateful to feel
    Grateful for light
    Grateful for love

    Grateful for the Gift

  4. I’m not and have never been an addict. Nevertheless, I have experienced this transition from chaos to order that you’ve written about here. It is true, one must first ‘make their bed’. I love the way you’ve expressed this first stage of healing in a pithy sentence.

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