Maintain Sobriety With A Daily Tenth Step

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 14 February 2013. Posted in Ten Step

February 14, 2013

Similar to others alcoholics, addicts, and individuals, in general, that I know, I have had a really good year so far. In fact, most of last year was incredible as well, "gravy" as I heard a speaker at an Alcoholics Anonymous ("AA") say this week.

With that said, I choose to go with that momentum, and take my attention off of what I "perceived" was not working.

The fact of the matter is that when circumstances are not as we want them to be, we have to focus more on what we want and what we intend to achieve, i.e., if you want to stay sober, you have to focus on all the opportunities around you to stay sober, like AA meetings, fellowship, reading the Big Book, talking to another alcoholic, gratitude lists, and so forth, as opposed to all the thoughts and situations that make you want to drink alcohol or be destructive.

I am no different to anyone else, at times I allow my dominant intent to be sidetracked, even unconsciously.

My part is that I had been taking the focus off the fact that my life is getting bigger exponentially, opportunities are coming my way, the right people are coming into my life, my goals are being achieved, and my future is is bright. For a while, not anymore, I was sidetracked by the superfluous things, by chatter, by irrelevant banter, by other people wanting to control me to make themselves feel better and so forth.

From this moment on, God help us all to focus on gratitude, to expect the best, and to anticipate all that we want and desire for ourselves. Help us to not speculate about the problems of those around us, nor be sidetracked by them. Amen.

Let's no longer be interested in conforming to anyone's desire not consistent with our own. Let's be willing to move forward.

It got me to thinking that perhaps I have outgrown it all.

I Love You All, for the most part :)


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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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