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Arts and crafts…

I have a very creative soul.  I made a crochet book cover for my One Day At A Time in Al-Anon book.  Its lavender with white trim.  I also made a Blue one with white trim for a lady in my home group and a red one with white trim for anyone who wants it. 

If no one has told you they love you today, I love you and God does too!

Taking Action

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us–sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.” (Alcoholics Anonymous Page 84)

Sobriety, much like the Sanity that will inevitably follow after it, are achievable for any individual who puts their mind to the program, puts faith into action by not just speaking the understanding of the program, but by living the understanding. The living of the 12 steps is a day by day process. In NA, they say “One Day At A Time“.

I know some critics of the program, and let me tell you that anyone who is critical of the program has never truly worked it. There is no man or woman, who is brutally Honest, Open-minded and Willing to work the program, who will be able to deny its effectiveness. The promises of Sobriety are real. I know of myself that progress in many forms, are made on a daily (Short term) and even monthly (long term) basis.

After 30 days were under my belt, I gained some larger measure of confidence, and that confidence built a foundation of which was easier to look back and remember the large effort it took to get there- whenever those moments of impaired judgement, or stinking thinking – poked their ugly heads out.

We will get what we put into this program, so the question is a matter of whether you and I are willing to take action, and to keep taking action, day by day. We will always be addicts or alcoholics, but that doesnt mean that we are doomed to have to use. Help is available to anyone who actively seeks it.

Honesty. Open-mindedness. Willingness.

Taken from my comment on Rex’s post about “We Can’t Think Our Way Sober’

I like how step 2 says “could restore us to sanity”  Could is a very important word there, because it starts with us.  We have to admit, then we have to believe and then we can begin to be restored to sanity if we can let go and let “god” (as we understood him) restore us.

Our Higher Power could restore us to sanity, that whats I have to always remember.  That I still need to do my part so that I can be restored.  If my higher power is to be able to assist me in any way, I have to be able to let go of what it is that is troubling me.  And honestly let go, I will sometimes say I let go of something but am still holding onto a strand of it.  Not wanting to give up full control over the outcome, when truth is I have never had control over the outcome from the beginning but I thought I did.  I still have a bit of an issue doing this, but I am getting better.  The hardest thing to do this with is when we have bad weather or my migraines.  I try to panic about the bad storm and try to think out all the outcomes and worry about stuff that has not happened yet.  With my migraines I worry about what others will think if I can’t do something or want to lay down for a while.  Can not change how they see me and if I have to go lay down, then that’s what I have to do.  I will pray that my higher power helps me though the storm either outside or in my head and then I sit back and wait for the rainbow.
I can’t think my way out of the migraine, that might just make it worse.  I can’t expect my husband to out think his addiction, we both tried it and it didn’t work.  I am happy that his recovery and my recover from that part is well underway and we are both doing so well.  We both have come so far.  But I just with the migraines would try to catch up on the recover process.  But all I can do it take life one day at a time, so in turn all I can do is take it one migraine at a time as well.  I worried all the time that if I got sick like my mom or if the migraines got any worse that he would leave me.  Why would he want to stay with a sick person?  Well I stayed with him while he was sick, all I can do is have faith that he will be there and my higher power will be there.  I need to not keep my fears inside and learn to give up control to the ones who truly have control over them.

If no one has told you they love you today, I love you and God does too!

A few updates…

My husband has 7 months down and counting! I am so very proud of him and look forward to celebrating 9 months in March.  Then the big 1 year in June – it will be a very fantastic mile stone for him.  My BFF will be 30 days sober on Monday and will be leaving the treatment center to go home that day.  I wish I could be there to give him a hug and tell him how very proud I am.  But I just have to sen my love and prayers long distance.  I know my higher power will make sure they are delivered safe and sound.

I look forward to start taking an in-depth look into step two next month, Each step is like the step up the stair case of my recovery.  The best part of Dec and step twelve, that means we get to start all over and make sure we touch back with the very first step.  Always trying to remember that I am powerless over the alcohol and that my life was unmanageable.  It is becoming a bit more manageable every day that alcohol is out of my life.

I am powerless, but not hopeless or helpless.  Also this December I will be getting my one year Al-Anon chip.  I can not wait to hold that little reminder in my hand of just how far I have come.  But for now, I will take it one day at a time and work on the now.  I can not worry about something that has not happened yet, I can look forward to it but not let it dictate my life.  The what if game and the OMG lets freak out game has to come to an end.

Meeting tonight!

Tonight is my Al-Anon meeting night.  I feel so good on Thursdays, I am excited before I go to my home group and then I feel relaxed and calm after.   It is like a feeling of being so happy by being surrounded by others who feel the same as I do.  They understand me, they don’t judge me.  I got my One Day at a Time book, and got a cover for it.  I made a cover by Crochet and then I bought a Bible cover that has pockets and a zipper.  It is too big for my book, but I can put a note-book in it as well as my book.  I can carry a tissue pouch and some cash for the donation box at my meeting.  The front pocket is big enough for my phone.


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