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GOD: Good Orderly Direction

GOD: Good Orderly Direction

In my own early recovery, I had issues with God and was afraid for my chances of long-term recovery. Thankfully, those who have achieved long-term sobriety can and often will help addicts, and one told me that GOD can stand for Good Orderly Direction. This simple shift in thought helped in my personal journey of spiritual surrender, and I developed a deeper relationship with God as a result.

Saving a Seat (and Knowing the Truth)

Saving a Seat (and Knowing the Truth)

Old playgrounds, old playmates. Early in my sobriety, I grappled with the idea that I would have to give up the places and people I loved––the latter being the greater sacrifice, naturally.

It was easier than I imagined to avoid my old haunts, and most of my friends were happy to meet for coffee instead of drinks or to take a walk after dinner instead of staying out ’til the wee hours.

Happy New Year, One Day at a Time

Happy New Year, One Day at a Time

Not just in recovery, not just in New Thought and all other wisdom teachings, but in real life, breaking it down to smaller chunks, even to this very instant makes things palatable, tolerable, and manageable.

More than just a concept or pithy phrase, “one day at a time (or ODAAT as I’ve seen it written) is a survival tool. I have spent too much time lamenting some aspects of my past (before actively practicing “accepting the things I cannot change”) and panicking about my future – most always about things that didn’t come to pass…

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

I got a gift in the form of a chance to observe myself like Scrooge did in “A Christmas Carol” when he looked into his past and saw the truth.

An annual Christmas party I have attended several times in previous years is a lively and loud event with lots of people, lots of food, and lots and lots of booze. BYOB was the theme and the focus – a chance to toast and get toasted. In my past life I thought it was big fun.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

I got a gift in the form of a chance to observe myself like Scrooge did in “A Christmas Carol” when he looked into his past and saw the truth.

An annual Christmas party I have attended several times in previous years is a lively and loud event with lots of people, lots of food, and lots and lots of booze. BYOB was the theme and the focus – a chance to toast and get toasted. In my past life I thought it was big fun.