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“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond.” Unknown

We all have challenges in life we can react or we can respond.  When those challenges are emotional or carry an emotional charge we tend to react.  The recovered life shows us how to respond.  Implementing the twelve steps or one of the variations of those steps begins us on a spiritual path that moves us from reaction to response.  It is not an overnight phenomenon that occurs.  If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83

For some of us typically those with a quieter demeanor to start with, it seems to come in a more fluid way.  For the hot head well get ready for the ride.  Either way there is one principle that if you stick to it you won’t get drunk or high.  “Don’t take the first one”.  I say that because early on in recovery our mistakes especially the reactionary type will lead us to drink or drug faster than anything else.

Another way to ward of the reaction trap is awareness.  Simply be reading this we begin to become aware that we want to utilize I/E Intellect over Emotion.  Snapping causes us greater pain then the initial challenge.  Hitting our knees in the morning praying the third and seventh step prayers will go a long way to start your day right.  Then the last thing before you shut it down for the day a prayer of thanks and evaluation for the day!  I end my day with a short phrase after I pray, “Lord, forgive me, thank you, I love you…

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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