The guest speaker at Sunday’s meeting said when he first got sober 28 years ago he heard someone in the rooms say “If you want what we have, do what we do.”
He said the statement had a lot of appeal for him because those who’d been sober a while had jobs, nice cars, pretty girlfriends and were well-dressed. And those were things he definitely wanted.
If wasn’t long before he figured out that they were referring to the less material aspects of sobriety. They were talking of serenity, peace of mind, and carrying the message to others who suffer from our disease.
Today he enjoy material blessings. But he also enjoys so much more: a wonderful peace of mind and joy he never expected when he first got sober. He said he would have been happy to simply have the pain stop. But after putting together years of sobriety he says his blessings surpass anything he could have imagined.
His story parallels that of many of us who come to 12-step programs to break our cycle of addiction and remain to receive so much more.