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On 11/2/2021 at 8:44 PM, mtl50 said:

It took years and losing almost everything I had. I say almost only because I didn’t lose my life. That was about the only thing I still had. I tried to go cold turkey once and ended up in a coma in the hospital. I died 3 times and 3 times they brought me back. Kept me sober about 2 weeks. I don’t ever want to go back there. I didn’t know how not to drink. Today I have a choice and today I choose sobriety. The days became months and the months became years. My dad told me he was proud of me. He said he enjoys my company now. We don’t see each other much because I moved to Florida and he lives in Connecticut. But he got to see me sober. Those words mean the world to me. I hope if I ever think about picking up a drink that I will remember them. Non alcoholics don’t understand but any sober alcoholic knows exactly what I mean. By the grace of God I will go to bed sober and by His grace I will make the choice to stay sober tomorrow. Life is all about choices. And life is GOOD!!

Tight Lines and High Tides 

Mike. 

 

I'm not an alcoholic but have seen the ravages it can do to a person. 

I am happy you are sober and I read this thread just to see stories such as this. Congrats on your sobriety, Mike.

 

 

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I pray that I may try to be a reflection of the Divine Light. I pray that some of its rays may shine in my life.

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I pray that I may not be overwhelmed by material things. I pray that I may realize the higher value of spiritual things.

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I pray that my day may be brightened by performing some little act of charity. I pray that I may try today to overcome the self-centeredness that makes me bored.

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I no longer refuse to do anything because I cannot do it to perfection. Many of us alcoholics use the excuse of not being able to do something perfectly to enable us to do nothing at all. We pretend to be perfectionists. We are good at telling people how a thing should be done, but when we come to the effort of doing it ourselves, we balk. We say to ourselves: “I might make a mistake so I’d better let the whole thing slide.” In AA we set our goals high, but that does not prevent us from trying. The mere fact that we will never fully reach these goals does not prevent us from doing the best we can. Have I stopped hiding behind the smoke screen of perfectionism?
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I pray that I may have confidence and be of good cheer. I pray that I may not fear the power of failure.

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Instead of pretending to be perfectionists, in AA we are content if we are making progress. The main thing is to be growing. We realize that perfectionism is only a result of false pride and an excuse to save face. In AA we are willing to make mistakes and to stumble, provided we are always stumbling forward. We are not so interested in what we are as in what we are becoming. We are on the way not at the goal. And we will be on the way as long as we live. No AA has ever “arrived.” But we are getting better. Am I making progress?
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Each new day brings an opportunity to do some little thing that will help to make a better world, that will bring God’s kingdom a little nearer to being realized on earth. Take each day’s happenings as opportunities for something you can do for God. In that spirit, a blessing will attend all that you do. Offering this day’s service to God, you are sharing in His work. You do not have to do great things.
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I pray that today I may do the next thing, the unselfish thing, the loving thing. I pray that I may be content with doing small things as long as they are right.

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I am not so envious of other people, nor am I so jealous of other people’s possessions and talents. When I was drinking, I was secretly full of jealousy and envy of those people who could drink normally, who had the love and respect of their families, who lived a normal life and were accepted as equals by their friends. I pretended to myself that I was as good as they were, but I knew it wasn’t so. Now I don’t have to be envious anymore. I try not to want what I don’t deserve. I’m content with what I have earned by my efforts to live the right way. More power to those who have what I have not. At least I’m trying. Have I got rid of the poison of envy?
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“My soul is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.” A river flows on until it loses itself in the sea. Our spirits long for rest in the spirit of God. We yearn to realize a peace, a rest, a satisfaction that we have never found in the world or its pursuits. Some are not conscious of their need and shut the doors of their spirits against the spirit of God. They are unable to have true peace.
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I pray that I may feel the divine unrest. I pray that my soul may find its rest in God.

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