This is my 40th Christmas in recovery, and I have a great deal to be grateful for. However, I can’t help but think back to my first Christmas sober. I was in a halfway house in York Pennsylvania, in a lot of emotional pain from many losses from my alcoholism, with very little hope for the future. I had not yet discovered that prayer, even to a Higher Power I didn’t believe in, would, over time, produce results that proved to be almost miraculous. What I did have was the willingness to pray, attend meetings, not drink or drug, and ask for help from others in recovery. And that IS the message of this blog post: All that is necessary for one’s early recovery journey is willingness to do the simple things I just mentioned. So, God bless all of you at the beginning of, or well into, your recovery journey; Merry Christmas (even if all you have is a few days of recovery and some willingness); and KCB (keep coming back).
As always, comments are invited. Jan Edward Williams, 12/24/2017.