March 28, 2018 – Step by Step

Step by Step

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Today, I will not romanticize my drinking days as “fun” or good if a newcomer to the program or even a veteran talk about “the good old days.” By embellishing drinking before “things went bad” and even constructing a vision that any of it was good, I am probably pining for days when I might have drank “safely” without being honest that those days never existed at all. And by longing for non-existent “good old days,” I am vulnerable to a slip or relapse and denying the truth that I am now, and forever will be, “powerless over alcohol.” More pointedly, if I try to re-do my last drunk into something that is not true, I have basically forgotten my last drunk. And as one of the program’s old sayings goes, if I can’t remember my last drunk, I haven’t had it yet. Today, I will remember with honesty how it was and that it has been, so far by the grace of God, my last drunk. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2018

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