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Dec. 18, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Today, if the holiday season is difficult or painful for alcoholics, I choose not to focus on the losses or reasons that make the season less than what it was in the past. I will not languish in the pain or mourn the losses of people who might once have been part of happier holidays, nor will I obsess in my guilt if my behavior contributed to this season not being what it could be. Instead, I will seek out examples of other people in greater need and want than I. If for no other reason than to force my attention off myself, I will volunteer for active work with a social service agency that helps people in need especially at this time of year, or to another cause that serves a cause other than my own. May I understand that my own pain, regret or losses is probably less than someone else’s, and I need to be grateful that mine are no greater. Today, I choose to seek a reason to celebrate and reject pain and sorrow. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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