Archive for October 29th, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the east coast of the United States, let me tell you a few things I remember about my drinking days.  I would love to sugarcoat this, but there is nothing sugary about alcoholism.

When I was drinking, I could go through the motions and appear to care about everyone else.  I could say the right words, words of love and concern, empathy and compassion.  The truth, though, is that I was only concerned about where my next drink would come from.  I was so busy protecting my compulsion and my addiction that I really had no emotion to invest in the lives of other people.

I am reminded of that today, as a killer storm heads for my brothers and sisters. Today, sober, I can feel fear for those I call friends, and for those I do not know.  Today, sober, I have compassion for what they are going through, and today, sober, I can pray for them.

The difference between sobriety and drunkenness is like the difference between daylight and darkness.  Today I am grateful that I see the truth, and today I can care about others as I care about myself.

If you want what I have then there is a solution.  It begins with admitting that you have a problem, and then it requires a willingness to find that solution and to work towards it.

It is entirely up to you!

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