March 20, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Friday, March 20, 2015
 
Today, I begin working for balance in my life, the balance that is the point of compromise between doing nothing at all and over-doing everything. Alcoholics are creatures of extremes: in our drinking, we wanted all or nothing. Although we drank too much, it was never enough. We either hated or “loved” to possessiveness. We took until there was nothing left to take, or we gave till we had nothing more to give. We laughed after the joke had ended, and we cried out every emotion. In seeking balance, I will defer to my Higher Power to show me what I have to do without procrastinating to tomorrow, and I will listen if He hints that I am hungry, angry, lonely or tired – HALT. I will also accept that I cannot shrug off the Program if, today, I say that I am not “getting it.” Adversely, I will accept that the full benefits of the Program will not be mine today – or any other day – because the Program is growth, and growth is an evolutionary process and never fully accomplished. Today, I begin to balance the scales. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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