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Starting The Day With A Meeting Feels Super

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Starting The Day With Sobriety

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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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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