Maintain Sobriety With A Daily Tenth Step

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 03 January 2013. Posted in Ten Step

January 03, 2013

Earlier this week I attended a very tony New Year’s Day celebration. The celebration was in recognition of a dear friend whose sobriety date happens to be January 1st as well.

In any regard, in attendance there were alcoholics and non-alcoholics, alike, who were of varying degrees of name recognition and success, all together in a beautiful venue overlooking the city of Beverly Hills and quite a bit of Los Angeles as well.

Despite feeling quite blessed and grateful to partake in the celebration, due to the fact that I knew a large number of the people there, quite well, needless to say I realized I was harboring some resentment.

Meanwhile, it was the very beginning of this fantastic New Year. Just a day before I had been saying that I was leaving the past in the past and I was forgetting and forgiving everything that no longer served me.

Yet, I walked into the venue keenly scanning for people “who deserved my recognition” (as if), purposely speaking only to people I “still” liked, while ignoring, for example, someone who once did not speak to me more than a year ago…….and so forth.

My part is that I have had a tendency to be extremely sensitive, so much so that I did not realize how I held onto residual feelings of the past, which can make for difficult interpersonal relations with others.

I realize that it does not serve me and only alienates me from my fellows. Today, I am “willing” to have God remove this character defect from me. Help me to react appropriately.

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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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