Because I am a quick learner, and faster forgetter, I looked back over the notes I’ve made at meetings, and from reading and conversations — helpful quips and quotes. I really have been given some Good Orderly Directions that I pass along to you, gentle reader: sober living is simple,but not easy!
- From Stewart, a friend in AA: “We are only half as sober as we know how to be.”
Really, Stewart I thought to myself ten years ago when he said it – What is that supposed to mean.
Uncomfortable answer: Might it be, I’m only applying a fraction of what I am learning to recovery?
Half of being sober truly is not picking up a drink or a drug – but the other half, the part that is just as important as saying no to alcohol, is saying yes to living.
Living is enjoying life right here, right now – learning from the past, which I cannot change and not fearing the future, which I cannot control. And it is being willing to turn over to God His right to rule my life and the lives of those I love.
Addiction is bondage to the rule of a substance, activity, or state of mind which then becomes the center of life, defending itself from the truth so that even bad consequences don’t bring repentance, and leads to estrangement from God. (Ed Welch)
- From a meeting after the AA meeting: Keep a plug in the jug.
Really? How? When I want what is inside the bottle more than the life outside of it? Here’s a plan:
- Put the drink down.
- Ask for help – God always answers – and usually AA does too. (http://www.aa.org/)
- Read through Psalm 25. I am doing this this week — and it has been like finding a long-lost friend. If you feel too far away from God to ask, check and see who moved. Again, maybe ask for help from God . . . and get to a meeting.
- From a old-timer: Meetings won’t get you sober – but they won’t get you drunk.
- Keep asking questions, but be willing to listen for answers.
So, what word of encouragement would you share with a newcomer? Thanks for reading!
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful