April 3, 2014 – Step by Step

Step by Step
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today, I will not let selfishness, preoccupation with myself and what problems I have and lack of empathy to blind me to the needs and problems of someone else. Human nature, and especially so with the recovering alcoholic, is to retreat into self and worry with our own problems sometimes out of a misplaced intention not to unload on others. But by withdrawing we may lose someone’s helpful advice or, if nothing more, giving voice to what we fear to say. But, sometimes unintentionally, I risk alienation of others who interpret my lack of interaction as apathy to them and their own problems. Today, I break down my self-erected boundaries enough to understand that, with others, there can be sharing without dumping and there can be something I might be able to offer them in their own recoveries. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014

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