As anyone in recovery will tell you, every day presents us with a new set of challenges and obstacles. As we strive to live a healthier, sober life it is important that we take the time to reflect on our progress.
On this January 13th, let’s pause for a moment together and use today as an opportunity to reflect on our journey towards sobriety.
It is totally understandable if your reflection uncovers difficult emotions or frustrations – pain can be part of the healing process – but no matter how hard it gets there are always supportive people around you ready to lend their love and support as well as provide encouragement along the way.
Daily Reflections January 13
We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85
After years of succumbing to the false hope that life could be meaningful and fulfilled if only alcohol were removed, one person found true redemption through recognition.
They discovered a divine grace in their struggle as they dug deeper into uncharted territories within themselves; facing unresolved issues with family, work, finances and religion — all which had been masked until reaching sobriety taught them how to accept hardships without turning back towards old habits for an escape route.
With reliance on teachings from The Big Book , this individual incorporated effort into every situation encountered while simultaneously remembering God’s immense mercy during turmoil; enabling resolution of each challenge along the journey .
To me, the biggest takeaway from writing this blog post was learning to give myself grace in the difficulty of facing my addiction. No one asked for this battle, so it is important for each of us to allow ourselves a sense of forgiveness and mercy for what we have gone through and strive towards a better tomorrow.
I am grateful for the hard lessons my journey has taught me and I continue to look forward with excitement – as opposed to fear – as I tackle whatever challenges come my way. The fact remains that God’s mercy and love surrounds us, even when we cannot see it in our darkest moments.
Knowing that strength lies within me, no matter where I go or what new challenges arise before me, provides enormous solace with each passing day and continues to be my guide as I journey through recovery.