Saturday, 18 November 2017

WALK IN DRY PLACES #essentialsofrecovery


THE OLD FRIENDS WHO DROPPED US

Personal Relations


As our drinking progressed, most of us lost old friends. Sometimes it was our behavior that drove them away; at other times, it was because they didn’t want to associate with “losers.”

In sobriety, some of our old friendships have been restored. These are the real friendships based on trust and true affection.

But sobriety can also give us a deeper and finer understanding of friendships. We may acquire a new set of values on this subject. We may find that some of those whom we considered friends were only fair-weather drinking acquaintances.

Drinking acquaintances will probably ease away from us if we really mean business in staying sober. This need not bother us if we’re thinking rightly.

The great news in all of this is that in the fellowship, we’ll be making some of the best friends we can ever have. We’ll also learn how to be great friends with ourselves.

In my thinking about friendship today, I’ll seek people I trust and like, not people I can use.

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