Friday, July 20, 2012

Recovery NOT A Function Of Time

     Bottom line: The better I want to get, the more action I will take. The better I want to feel, the more action I will take.

     Recovery, or rather, mental and spiritual health, is NOT a function of time... it is a function of what actions we take and at what frequency we take them (consistency). I've known many people only six months into sobriety yet involved in a rigorous program of action who are far more sane, healthy, coherent, useful and at peace than a slew of untreated types I have met in AA who are sober for ten, twenty, even thirty years yet are still filled to the brim with resentment, depression, chaos, and who struggle as if it is, and must be, a fight to stay sober from one day to the next.

     But those who have taken Steps the way they are laid out in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous are people I would trust with my life. They take honesty and right action more seriously than anything else. They value and put their relationship with GOD above all else. They are people who will do their absolute best to do the right thing, say the right thing, and think the right thing. They are willing to be honest and do anything it takes to get better. I can trust them completely, though I may hardly know them personally. But I know what they have done.

     Those who live in this solution are happy, strong, solid people. They are a joy to be in the company of. I do not hear self-pity and sob stories from them. I do not feel emotionally drained and sucked dry of all my energy when I spend time with them. I do not need an aspirin after just five-minutes of a one-sided conversation. Instead, they are comforting. We laugh and we join together to help others.

God, please give me the power and the strength to take spiritual action...

1 comment:

  1. Charlie, great blog. Thank you. I just went through that cozy treatment center. I am on the North Shore, perhaps we can meet sometime.

    ReplyDelete