Sobriety feels really good. Today I began my day with a meeting. I almost forgot how amazing it feels to begin the day with sobriety. It’s invigorating!
It all came about because I received a text from a friend yesterday, as I was headed to a meeting with a sponsee, who recently obtained 2 years of sobriety. He informed me that he would be taking a cake at the 7:30 a.m. meeting.
Immediately, I thought that is nice, but that is, (1) far too early, (2) the meeting is on the other side of town, (3) I have to be at work at 9:00 a.m. and (4) due to the fact that I was headed to a later meeting, I knew I would only get about 6 hours of sleep. As it turned out, I only slept about 5 hours last night.
The fact of the matter is that none of those reasons would have ever stopped me if my psychiatrist only had a 7:30 a.m. slot to provide me with my beloved Adderall script, or a Xanax script, or an Ativan script.
What the principles of the program have taught me is to suit up and show up despite a little inconvenience. My perspective has changed and my priorities are in order.
To be honest, I am the kid who woke up at 4:00 am to stand in line to buy concert tickets, without complaint, so I certainly am capable of waking up at 5:30 am to be at a 7:30 am meeting.
The point is, I realized that I sometimes get into a comfort zone that I will not disturb until a circumstance forces me to get out of it.
Due to the fact that I had to get up early this morning to show up for a friend I realized how much I was missing by getting up early and starting my day with a meeting. It felt so good to be showered, dressed and out the door before the sun came up. On the way to the meeting, I saw a fellow member of the program, which was a God shot.
I got a chance to breath in the fresh morning air, and think, before the distractions of the day began.
Most importantly, I started my day with hearing an incredible speaker that helped me further put things into perspective.
It is only 10 a.m. and I have accomplished so much already. I just feel far more clear-headed and focused. That is invaluable and feels so good!!
If you don’t already begin your day with a meeting, I highly recommend it. It truly is a natural high. I feel incredibly blessed and happy.
As a result, I am shifting some things around so I can attend a 7:30 a.m. meeting every day, starting immediately. In fact, there is one rather close to where I live, so it will not entail the inconvenience of traveling across town.
I challenge all the readers to begin your day with a meeting. You will not be disappointed.
I finally understand what it means to “Put your program first and everything else will follow.” By the way, what a great maxim!
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