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Indescribable Gratitude and Happiness

January 2019

From the book of Daily Reflections reading for January 17th,

In offering my hand to a newcomer or someone who has relapsed, I find that my recovery is recharged with indescribable gratitude and happiness.

And from the Big Book:

There is no more “aloneness,” with that awful ache, so deep in the heart of every alcoholic that nothing, before, could ever reach it. That ache is gone and never need return again.

Now there is a sense of belonging, of being wanted and needed and loved.  In return for a bottle and a hangover, we have been given the Keys of the Kingdom.

This sums the recovery pretty simply.  There are a few tricks, unfortunately.

You can’t cheat.  The best way to really feel good about yourself is by helping others without expecting a return.  The best way to help another alcoholic is to have something worth sharing.  The best way to gain that which is worth sharing is to work on your recovery so you gain experience.  It’s your experience, strength and hope that has the worth in sharing with another.  Go back to the first item; you can’t cheat.  Repeat.

I have known happiness almost beyond description – I tend to be pretty good with words when it comes to describing my being happy, or content if you prefer.  And it just keeps getting better.  It doesn’t get easier, mind you.  No, it’s infinitely more difficult as the responsibilities grow.  Kids, marriage, job, cars, mortgage… etc.  It’s when I look back at what I came from, being a miserable drunk with a job delivering pizzas – and I wasn’t very good at it – incapable of a meaningful relationship, to what I am today?

Keys of the Kingdom is right.  Having Heaven on earth is a wonderful feeling.

Keep coming back, my friends.  Even if your ass falls off.  And in the event it does, put it in a grocery bag and take it to a meeting.  They’ll be able to show you how to put it back on.


  1. mikeykjr says:

    Quote: Keep coming back, my friends. Even if your ass falls off. And in the event it does, put it in a grocery bag and take it to a meeting. They’ll be able to show you how to put it back on.

    Can I take that with me and quote it? I LOVE it!

    Some of my tricks are: being honest with myself and others, trusting in my Higher Power and talking to another alcoholic. For instance, right now my mood went from a natural high to blah because I “expected” a check from the government for more than they sent me. Now I’m like, “What the hell am I suppose to do with this?”. In reality, I should grateful – period. I disappointed myself with the expectation (honesty). I trust my Higher Power will get me through this, as it is a temporary situation. Lastly, I talk to other sober people around me who have reminded me of just those things.

    It’s not about Mike today or ever, it’s whatever my Higher Power has for me today.

  2. Sue Slaght says:

    I’ve often said I love the way you say it like it is. Put it in a grocery bag. Never give up. Brilliant!

  3. fitnessgrad says:

    Delivered pizzas, really? wow 😀 my first job was working at a pizza hut, i didn’t deliver though.
    Although, I am dealing with recovery myself, the whole act of giving/sharing with someone else without expectation of reward or seeking some type of applause can go for anything that we do that comes from the heart (pure) — it now has become so easy to post all of our good deeds on social media for everyone to see, because we enjoy the praise but I have learned, the best reward is when nobody else knows the good you have obtained, or have done for someone else. I believe in blessings come when you aren’t expecting them & when you aren’t asking for them.


  4. fitnessgrad says:

    I meant “although I am not dealing with recovery”

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