The anniversary meeting was upbeat; the topic was timely: gratitude and change.
Around the room, members concurred that without these two topics, their recovery wouldn’t have prospered – whether weeks, years, or decades.
Gratitude means I am embracing change, and change means . . .
What in the world does change mean?
- Taking a step in a direction I did not want to go, because I believed God was urging me to change.
- Skipping a reunion with the friend – alcohol – when I remembered selectively how much fun we had together.
- Listening to stuff, I did not want to hear: Alcoholism is progressive; keep drinking and you will be dead, in jail or institutionalized.
- Surely, not I?(!)
- Believing stuff others in the rooms told me: things will get better.
- Making myself useful: emptying ashtrays; setting up chairs, breaking them down and making coffee.
- Looking into the eyes of another hurting soul and seeing myself.
- Accepting that sobriety is the best plan for me, and
- Being oh so grateful.