The idea of “twenty-four-hour living” applies primarily to the emotional life of the individual. Emotionally speaking, we must not live in yesterday, nor in tomorrow. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 284

I believe Bill was sober ten years or more when he discovered a process he titled “Emotional Sobriety.” When I first heard about the term I immediately felt excited! I had read a book titled “Emotional Intelligence,” and now with the emphasis on recovery, I felt hopeful! I struggled a bit with dysthymia, a persistent low-grade depression. I tried medication(s), therapy, and increasing my meetings, service work, and even prayer! The results were limited.

Then, I began to work more on my strengths, a self-improvement model and the results were phenomenal. I not only felt better but my hope and vision began to increase. I could see more than the light at the end of the tunnel, I saw the vision of a prosperous and exciting future.

As I grew, so did my access to mentors that could see the same potential in me and in the world! The rest is history, today I live at a higher level of emotional stability, teach and coach the same vision that was taught to me!

Life is Goooood!!!

Dan

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