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Maintain Sobriety With A Daily Tenth Step

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 06 December 2012. Posted in Ten Step

December 06, 2012

I have two brothers, both of which I have not seen in a while. Today is my oldest brother’s birthday.

Although we have not talked in a while I do love him very much, particularly when I think of us as little boys.

Since we were teenagers we have not gotten along very well.

The most recent time that we talked on the phone was more than a year ago. The call ended with him yelling at me. Actually, he abruptly hung up the phone on me.

To make a long story short, I debated with myself regarding how to approach acknowledging his birthday.

If it were up to the Alcoholic that I once was, I would not acknowledge it at all, as I would prefer to hold onto resentments.

Today, having gone through the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, I am more forgiving as I consider my side of the street only.

Consequently, when I considered all the reasons why I should ignore my brother’s birthday because of all the awful things he has done to me, I redirected my thoughts to how I prefer to behave….diplomatically and graciously.

That is why I decided to send him a gift, as well text him this morning. I sent a simple text….”God morning. Happy Birthday. God Bless You.”

As I examine the history among my brother and I, I look at my side of the street.

As a result, I realize now that I played a part in all my resentments. Most, often it was the simple fact that I TOOK HIS BEHAVIOR PERSONAL.

As a sensitive recovering alcoholic who actively works the twelve steps of Anonymous, particularly step 10, I recognize that I have generally taken everything personal.

Apparently, taking things personal is the root of a lot of, if not all my pain.

God, divorce me from unnecessarily taking anything personal going forward.

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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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