March 18, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
 
Today, I stop thinking about what I have lost to alcoholism with pangs of grief, mourning, regret, self-pity, anger and a feeling of injustice. AA has shown me how to turn the pain of loss into gratitude that I had in the first place the people, things and opportunities that are now gone. The Program has also taught me to look not at what I have lost but what I may still gain in recovery, and the Steps of restoration in the Fourth and 10th, reconciliation of my wrongs in the Ninth and service in Step 12 hold the promise of gains yet to come. Today, the bitter of the sweet from the pains of my drinking yields to the prospect that I may yet experience that which might overshadow the losses that still hurt. But I have to work the Steps of restoration, reconciliation and service to yield the benefits. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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