Time Does Fly By

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 21 December 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Time Does Fly By

It is true! I remember when this year first began. I had all these lofty goals, many of which have been accomplished. For instance, I managed to achieve three years of sobriety.

In fact, just yesterday I reached three and half years of sobriety. Additionally, there are a number of other goals I managed to achieve.

With that said, there are just four days until Christmas 2012 and only eleven days until January 01, 2013.

So, if you have not, get out there and make the remaining days of 2012 count. You will never have real-time access to this year again!

Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today! Tomorrows quickly turn into yesterdays!

You might be thinking, what could anyone possibly do during the next eleven days that truly matters?! Well, you could be determined to have the best sober Christmas possible!

I was at my weekly men’s stag meeting (a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous exclusively for men) yesterday when I was suddenly overcome with joy regarding shares relating to sober Christmases….someone’s 5th, another guys 3rd and this will be another guy’s 1st. Remaining sober when one can otherwise easily relapse is a major accomplishment.

This is particularly pertinent, as it is the time of year when a lot of addicts are alone, and especially vulnerable, as they are taking inventory of what they have yet to accomplish, and are often without the support of family and friends.

My solution to stay sober is to remain in the moment! Don’t think about the past or the future. Focus on what needs to be done at the moment, i.e., getting out of the bed, taking a shower, putting on a pant leg, walking out the door, going to work, getting to a meeting and so forth.

If we allow the confusion and illusions in our heads to cloud our mind, time will just fly by with nothing accomplished.

If you do nothing else, be determined to go to bed sober tonight! Tomorrow you will know what to do.


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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, 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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