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Dear Higher Power

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 08 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News


Good morning and thank you for waking me up one more day.

I appreciate the opportunity that you have given me to do better today what I fell short of yesterday.

I am especially grateful that I woke up clean and sober, without a hangover.

Consequently, I was able to make it to work, not only on time but early. This, to me, is a gift of sobriety that I would like to express overwhelming gratitude for.

You see, left to my own devices, I would not be clean and sober. In fact, I remember a time when I could not get out of bed without the help of a certain prescription pill.

I know of other addicts and alcoholics who once drank liquor even during their morning shower.

Needless to say, because you have presented us with the incredible twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, a design for living, we are not only clean and sober but we continually experience spiritual transformations as we work this program.

As a result, life seems not only worthwhile, but becoming more exciting each day……thank you for that.

I particularly appreciate my health God. Many of us use these amazing bodies to come and go as we please. Now that we are sober we make better choices, take better care of ourselves, exercise and eat healthy foods.

Thank you for the moments that we stop to recognize the contrast between the bright, blue, clear sky and the leafy, green trees.

A mentor, friend and fellow AA was driving the other day when he stopped for a moment to consider how healing the sunlight felt against his arm as he drove down the express way.

When we consumed drugs and alcohol, we never paused long enough to recognize all the beauty that exists at any given moment. We do now….thank you Higher Power.

Thank you God for genuine, simple moments like spontaneous evening walks to get frozen yogurt with a sponsee or fellow AA as we discuss the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. I cherish these genuine and simple acts of joy…..they make feel consumed with joy to be alive.

Perhaps you might sit down and write a letter to God, not only will it occupy your mind with something positive during the time it takes you to write it, but you will get the opportunity to commune with your Higher Power. As well, it is a form of meditation.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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