Daily Reflections December 8

I’m a recovered alcoholic and I’ve been sober for one year. Just about every day, I reflect on my journey thus far and how blessed I am to have made it this far.

My blog posts are a way of capturing those moments in time as well as helping others who may be struggling with addiction or alcoholism themselves.

Daily Reflections December 8

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. . . . Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89

To be in a position of offering true, useful and effective service to others one must first work on themselves.

This means that they abandon their old ways by admitting fault or clearing away what’s left from past mistakes; only then can we gain peace through submission as well as experience enough for inspiration–which leads us down an open channel toward sobriety (or at least moderation).

It is through service that the greatest rewards are to be found. But to be in a position of offering true, useful and effective service to others, I must first work on myself.

This means that I have to abandon myself to God, admitting my faults and clearing away the wreckage of my past.

Work on myself has taught me how to find the necessary peace and serenity to successfully merge inspiration and experience.

I have learned how ̶however long it takes-to be an open channel of sobriety with nothing blocking or impeding its flow so as not only give but also receive freely from all there is around me—the divine power within us all.”