Rome wasn’t build in a day, and recovery doesn’t happen overnight. Some newcomers look too far ahead and get discouraged when they realize all the work a sound recovery program requires. But it’s really very simple. We learn a few important basics, and then practice, practice, practice. Just like playing the piano or driving a car, we get the essentials first, and then practice until we perfect them.
Consistency is important. We don’t become abstinent by cutting down on our addiction; it’s all our nothing. We can’t claim to be honest by lying only on occasion; we’re either dishonest or we’re honest. We won’t learn forgiveness by keeping certain names on our hate list, or making amends to just a few. And we can’t learn the principles of our Twelve Step program by attending meetings once in a while; we must make a firm commitment to put our program above all other concerns and honor that commitment.
Soon the right thing is our first choice, without much effort, and with no pain at all. And one day we realize our practice has paid off in a whole new life.
Today help me practice being the kind of person I want to be. Help me earn my own respect.
from Body, Mind, and Spirit daily meditation