The question, how are you doing? comes to mind because a friend texted me telling me how they were doing:
“I am feeling like the gerbil on the outside of the wheel. Don’t know if I should keep running in place or hold on tight to see how many rotations before I find myself upside down and on the bottom getting run over!”
On one level, I feel like I am hanging on for dear life; but, on another level, when life feels like it is spinning out of control, I remember I have been given Good Orderly Directions – especially useful in unpredictable times
Keep on keeping on, as my sponsor suggested when the pink cloud was dissipating.
After the first thirty; then sixty; then ninety days were in the rear-view mirror, and I began to see that living without alcohol didn’t mean living with without problems, I felt like I was spinning; I didn’t know how to face a few NEW things without drinking.
Hence, their counsel: Keep on doing what you have learned. I had learned:
- Pray, don’t drink, get to a meeting. (Two out of three is good, especially if I don’t drink!)
- Practice gratitude.
Well, this makes three out of four suggestions I can will do
So, I Apply:
Another friend said:
Life is full of give and take.
Give thanks, then and take nothing for granted.
I thank God for the gift sobriety is; for the friendships, wisdom, and help so many have poured into my life. I confess, I often took the meetings for granted. Who could have imagined NO meetings? So when a program friend checks on me, I am grateful!
Then I Practice . . .
Praying – not just arrow prayers – praying is still a work in progress.
Today, these two memes showed up on Facebook:
They sum up how I often pray – I accept the great gift that talking with God is, but often I am gob smacked where or how to begin. So, I am glad for the reminder:
Before you say: I can’t …………say I’ll try
How are you doing reader?
Here are two old friends that still help me on dicey days:
- God is never late,
- Live and let live.
And one more: stay sober for yourself — You are worth it!
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful
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