Failure isn’t Fatal…

by Daniel · 3 comments

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you look up the definition of “Do-Over” in the dictionary there will be a glaring photo of me right next to it. I am not big on the word “Try” because it is an allusive word. We can attempt to do something but try simply lacks the commitment to get it done. I must be radically honest, I have “tried” to do quite a bit in my day. It is a bit frustrating at times when the failure in an endeavor starts to rear its ugly head but when we keep the main thing the main thing in life, we overcome the disappointment.

In two weeks from today I will celebrate 24 years of continuous sobriety. I do not share this for praise or to pat myself on the back. I share it because it puts failure in perspective for me. When any human being can remain completely drug and alcohol free for 24 days let alone 24 years it is amazing, especially if they are an alcoholic or addict for  the addict in the  beginning 24 hours is a fete. Think about this most people that say they do not drink, will at a minimum sip champagne for a wedding toast. They will drink a glass of wine on New Years or some other occasion. Yet still consider themselves non-drinkers.

So for us that are afflicted with the “Creature” the main thing is simple, focus on living a “happy, healthy, prosperous, clean and sober life”! Because life is good!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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Greg H April 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

To Dan, congratulations on these years of sobriety. You deserve a pat on the back. Kudos.

william e hay April 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

Good morning Dan!, no better way to wake in reading the wisdom that you have gained from never giving up. To fail strengthens our spirit, providing we do not pick up a drink! We have to continue to try, knowing God has a plan for all of us within the wonderful journey of life. I myself find that by living by his will, not mine!. These failures some of us will encounter do not bring us into the darkness, however, by praying to understand we remain in the light and love of God. If we listen to the creature that tells us that we are failures, we are heading down the road of despair. In failing, whether a relationship, job, etc, by using the tools of AA, we realize that failing does not make us a failure. But, you must reach out and call your sponsor, get to a meeting, pray to your higher power, and use the weapons that carry love, for they will destroy this creature everytime. One day at a time to live life on life’s terms and remind yourself daily that you have a gift that hold amazing power, as long as you do not dink from this creatures cup!! Thank you Dan, for in just reading your Blog this morning gave me that needed reminder, to not fall pray by forgetting what I must do today. The gift of our daily reprieve to walk carriying the love and light of God! To be grateful to be alive and sober and to keep it green, for all things green continue to grow. Love you Dan and may the lord Jesus bless your Day. William Hay

Daniel April 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Thanks Greg, I am blessed…

Dan 🙂

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