Maintain Sobriety With A Daily Tenth Step

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 10 December 2012. Posted in Ten Step

December 10, 2012

This morning I went to get my cup of coffee as usual. I go to this particular place nearly every day…….five days a week.

In fact, I know everyone there by name; each morning, for the most part, we exchange pleasantries as I order my coffee. Most of the time, once they recognize me walking in they start to prepare my medium cup of coffee before I even ask.

However, there is this one girl (there is always one right?) who could care less if I exist; and, that is ok too.

With that said, she often ignores me when I am standing in line or would like order. I cannot figure out why. It puzzles me.

Today, I stood in line, ahead of another lady, and rather than help me, she took the order of the lady behind me.

I stood there confused, wondering if I was in the twilight zone. I know that she saw me; just a few minutes before I looked up from glancing at my manicure to notice her staring at me.

In any regard, rather than get upset, I looked for my part.

My part is that I feel entitled. I expect everyone to like me, to be nice to me and to be alert and helpful particularly when I am spending my money. It only seems fair!

The fact of the matter is that life is not fair all the time, and despite that I cannot elicit a temper-tantrum, as I wanted to elicit this morning. I wanted to ask her why she helped the other lady and not me, and, I wanted to ask her why she often ignores me.

With that said, what she does is none of my business. I have to focus not only on keeping my side of the street clean, which not only includes reacting diplomatically no matter how anyone else behaves but also resisting the tendency to hold resentments inside.

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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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