repost: prioritize the prize

Paul W at 12 the hard way points out there’s more to sobriety and serenity than simply the lack of action.

12 the hard way

As long as I look at the Steps as chores, my results will vary, and the promises will mutate.  I find I can become just as amazed in the opposite direction, even though I’m not at the halfway-through point yet.  I’m sure that doesn’t make much sense, but that’s as close as I’m going to get making heads or tails out of why some days are nothing but a series of struggles with myself and my serenity.

Step 1:  we admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Doing the next right thing can’t be the only thing I do.  And the thought of daily prayers and meditations and readings shouldn’t evoke the same reaction as taking out the trash or washing the dishes.  Ugh, I’ve got to go get centered so I don’t return to the life I hated.  This sucks.

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I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best songwriter of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant, With that being said, I believe there is a profound difference between knowledge and wisdom. I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better. Finally, I believe I am in long-term recovery from a number of deep-seated issues that supported and drove my addictions.