Today’s Daily Reflection hits on an excellent topic for recovery. Why do some people struggle while others seem to simply fall right into it and thrive?
The answer is simple, but it ain’t easy.
“The gift of [recovery] came to me when an otherwise unexpected desire to stop drinking coincided with my willingness to accept the suggestions of the men and women of A.A. I had to surrender, for only by reaching out to God and my fellows could I be rescued.“
My friends, the question is, what did I surrender so that I could be rescued?
This is the key that flummoxes the masses of alcoholics who die in the madness. I let go of my ego. My need to be right, in charge, a master of my own [often idiotic] destiny. Folks, that’s the fight that we have to stop having. Until I let go of my ego, coinciding with a desire to quit drinking and, more important, a need to stop the pain, I was lost. I couldn’t accept what I had to do to recover because recovery is counter to my massive ego. And believe me, that ego had massive freaking claw marks all over it when I let it go.
The best part, after all that wailing and gnashing of teeth, I found peace and contentment. And that’s why I kept coming back. If you struggle with recovery, I suggest you start with that ego. You won’t have to look much further than that for the thing to let go to find freedom.
Just a thought. Recover hard. It’s a madhouse out there.