Saturday, 17 June 2017

One Day At A Time #essentialsofrecovery

VICES AND VIRTUES

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”

–Abraham Lincoln

In doing a tenth step daily, I am faced with my character defects — and yes, even vices. While I may not be compulsively eating, I may over-indulge in any number of other things like talking, whining, or frenetic busy-ness. I have been told that in life I must learn to “take my foot off the gas.” I have also been told that I am “too intense” or just “too much.” I guess this means I am not moderate in all things (by a mile.)

This thought comforts me in all of this: at least I am in the game. If someone asks for my opinion, he or she will get it ~ straight from the heart or the hip, as they say. If someone needs a favor, I am apt to be excessive in performing it. If someone needs a friend, he or she often gets much more than a casual acquaintance in me. In essence, my being “too much in general” has its good side — at least I am not asleep at the wheel. I am fully engaged in life.

One day at a time…
I will not forget that my zest for overindulging and overdoing-it-in-general has its counterpart in my zest for goodness and service. I am alive and kicking. I will not hate myself for being fully alive.

~ Q
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