March 30, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step

Monday, March 30, 2020

Today, I cannot crumble to the temptation of “just one” drink. Regardless of how many 24 Hours of sobriety, none of us is immune to the thought, however fleeting, that maybe one drink won’t do any damage. Of course it will, as we know from bitter experience. If temptation is a human foible, it is one that none of us in recovery can afford. For us, temptation is our failure to integrate into the deepest of our souls the Program’s first four words – “Admitted we were powerless …” Temptation is also our self-will run riot and rejection of surrendering our will to our Higher Power. Still, if temptation sneaks in, may I have imprinted in my conscience the outcome of all those times in the past when I did cave. And the memory of that outcome is too costly and painful to give in. Today, I hope I am not tempted, but I will not take for granted that I won’t so that, if I am, I am strong and secure enough in my Program to rise above it. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2020

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