So, it’s been a bit over 4 months since I have actually written a blog post. Quite a bit has happened in my life during this time, I have posted sparingly on Facebook and some on Twitter but that’s about the extent of it. My main focus has been on my kids, my job, and my education, with my recovery and my relationship with God at the forefront of all of the above. I should actually be working on a case brief right now but my brain and my spirit needed a break so, here I am. I have learned quite a bit the past few months, not only about myself but about the real value of allowing God to run the show and the spiritual benefits that come with it.
I won’t get into the details, but this year I have experienced several discouraging things on a mental, financial, and spiritual level, that could have very well sent me screeching into the depths of a relapse. Fortunately, because of the “tools”, as they are so often called, I made it through relatively unscathed. I even remarked to a coworker once, jokingly, “I can see why people relapse so often.” Looking back, even though I was kidding around, it is haunting how real that possibility could have been if I had not been prepared and had tried to deal with those things on my own.
That is what the post is all about. Being prepared for life, or life on life’s terms as is so often quoted in the rooms. For me, what I learned was a few simple things: 1. Pray, 2. Read something spiritual, 3. Call your sponsor/speak with someone in recovery/positive influence, 4. Get to a meeting, and 5. Find some gratitude, if at the very least for being sober today. Sounds simple, right? Maybe not always, but it’s better than the alternative, I assure you. Thank you for reading, I wish you all the best!