Welcome everyone to today’s Daily Reflection. November 22 is upon us, and for many of us in the recovery process, it can be a challenging time trying to stay true to our convictions without giving into temptation or old habits.
Today, let’s reflect together on how far we have come on this journey—the ups and downs of sobriety—and speak about what it means for us as individuals in our own unique circumstances.
No matter where you are in your recovery experience, allowing yourself some time to pause and acknowledge your progress can provide much-needed perspective when facing the hardships that come with living a substance-free life.
Daily Reflections November 22
. . . there are only two sins; the first is to interfere with the growth of another human being, and the second is to interfere with one’s own growth.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 542 (Third Edition)
Happiness can be hard to come by, and it’s easy for our own pursuits of joy overshadowing the growth we seek from ourselves or others. Struggles in life may not feel rewarding at first, but looking back with humbleness and acceptance often reveals how these hardships have contributed to real progress along our journey towards serenity.
Today I pray that no matter what my intentions are, they don’t impede on anyone else’s self-growth—including my own!
Taking the challenge to grow and become more aware of our contributions to positive change can be difficult. Every day brings an opportunity for us to shine a light on our own weaknesses, develop empathy for others and help bring about growth for ourselves and those around us.
Despite how difficult it may be at times, we must remember that our struggle contributes to building greater strength both within ourselves and within the collective.
By taking responsibility for our own emotional responses, being humble in our interactions with others and allowing learning through failure and setbacks, we not only help those around us but are ultimately leading towards a path of greater happiness – both personally and collectively.