Linda A. Booker
My name is Francis and I am an alcoholic. My sobriety date is October 7, 2009. My alcoholism caused extreme pain and suffering to me and those that love me. As much as I wanted to believe I was only hurting myself I now know, and even knew during those drinking years that my behaviors were also causing harm to others. At this time I will not go into some of the gruesome details of my active alcoholism. Today I choose to talk about recovery. My recovery is 100% due to the grace of God and the program and fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Recovery for me is a program of action. I do something daily that works toward my recovery. I begin my day…”upon awakening”...every day with reading and prayer time. I have a calendar beside my bed and I read the bible scripture of the day. Now I am focus on that “power greater than myself” that I choose to call God. Next I read from the daily Reflections and then I hit my knees. I do this wherever I am, taking my scripture and AA literature on the road. Now my day has begun with my attitude of gratitude and focus on my primary purpose. The last line of our AA Preamble tells us our primary purpose.
I have been blessed with joyful and solid recovery. This does not mean that difficult challenges have been removed from my life. I have been given the tools to work through the tough times and the peace and serenity to accept those things that are out of my control. My current active program of recovery consists of many open speaker meetings so I can hear the message of recovery from others. I attend beginners meetings and do detox facilities and other commitments where I carry the message of recovery. I have and speak to my sponsor several times a week. I work our 12 Steps the best I can and I am in touch with another alcoholic every day. I am an active member of the Sober Shuttle and I am truly a happy alcoholic in recovery.
There is not much that is original these days in Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol and drugs are ruining your life and you are checking out the program, please stick around long enough for the miracle of AA to enter your life. If you want what we have, do what we do. Recovery is there for you with some action on your part.
Blessings my friends and enjoy this day.