Happy, Joyous and Free

by Daniel · 2 comments

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.”  – Louisa May Alcott

When I first got sober the term “Happy, Joyous and Free” would totally rub me the wrong way.  Here I was struggling to get by day by day, I thought God left me, my family was skeptical again, my friends thought I needed to ease back a bit and I was confused.  But, something inside me knew that I was better, I had high hopes for life and I deserved to live better!

It was not until I began to experience recovery, that my spiritual awakening occurred.  I was sitting in a beginners recovery meeting and a person shared about their “Joy of Living” that it hit me.  I could not remember the last time I laid my head on the pillow and Prayed to God, Lord please do not allow me to awaken tomorrow!  It was at that moment that I knew that God did not quit on me, that my family wanted me sober, and that my friends, well, I hadn’t heard from them in awhile!

Joy, the inner peace that comes from my direct relationship with God.  Happiness was a feeling that I would experience but Joy, it was and is now a part of me.  I thank God on a daily basis for my life, through good and the not so good!


Dan 🙂

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