Thursday 30 November 2017

Today's Gift #essentialsofrecovery

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

— Anne Frank

I get upset and discouraged about what’s in the news. So much of it is about violence and tragedy, lying and competition. What’s going on our there is so different from what I see at meetings. I wish that everyone had what we have.

Sometimes it does seem as if the world “out there” is on a binge of some kind. And addictions themselves, of all kinds, are still widespread and causing considerable damage. But what about the healing, the taking of responsibility, the turning around of lives? News of recovery, changes in consciousness, spiritual growth, and service is not what sells papers, but it is a real and vital part of what’s happening in the world. Twelve Step recovery has been around for less than a century, but its healing principles have entered the awareness and lives of millions of people around the world.

When we think about what our individual lives were like before recovery and what fundamental changes we’ve been able to make in a short time, it gives us hope and a sense of what’s possible.

Today, I’m blessed with hope. I let change begin with me.

From the book:

If You Want What We Have © 1998 by Joan Larkin
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