April 6, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step

Monday, April 6, 2020

Today, gratitude for the freedom I have in sobriety and that the physical and emotional sickness of active drinking exists no more. Drunk, I had no choice but to feel bad physically, mentally and spiritually. I had no choice but to do everything my way because there was no other way. I had no choice but to lie to hide or dodge the consequence of some misdeed. I had no choice but to feel self-loathing, pity, shame and guilt because I didn’t know there could be something better. Sober, I have the choice to feel good. I have the wisdom to understand my way isn’t always the best and seek the guidance of something stronger. I have the choice not to lie because I don’t have to lie anymore. I have the choice to let go of self-deprecation because I have the beginning of a worthy self-image. Today, in sobriety, I have the freedom not to suffer the physical, emotional and spiritual pain and, God granting, my path to freedom is built on the 12 Steps. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2020

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