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Maintain Sobriety With a Daily Tenth Step

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Wednesday, 07 November 2012. Posted in Ten Step

November 6, 2012

    1. A situation came up while I was at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous where I became agitated, angry and resentful.

    I needed to get to the restroom and this guy seated in a position, with his legs crossed, obscured my ability to walk through the aisle pass him to get out the aisle. I nearly tripped over his legs and could have fallen flat on my face in front of everyone. I was so frustrated with the fact that he would not acknowledge my effort to move pass him.

    My part was that I was angry and frustrated that he was obscuring my ability to move; the anger and frustration, both were already inside me……residuals of the past perhaps; his behavior triggered something in me.

    My part was also that I knew I had to go to the restroom before I sat down for the meeting. It was not his fault that I needed to go to the restroom during the meeting. In fact, my getting up perhaps was a disturbance to him. I was selfish to have wanted him to inconvenience himself for me.

    God divorce me from anger, frustration, selfishness and ego.

    2. I was frustrated and resentful toward myself yesterday morning for turning my alarm off and going back to sleep for an extra hour. As a consequence for not getting up on time, I had to rush through my entire morning routine when I received a call that I only had a half hour to be ready before the driver would arrive to pick me up. Not only did I have to rush to shower, dress, and be ready within the half hour, I was anxious, and did not have time to eat.

    My part was that I went back to sleep despite the fact that I knew I needed to get up.

    God help me to follow through with what I set out to accomplish. God divorce me from being lazy.

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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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