Thought to Ponder
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?
When two or more negative people get together, their energy often permeates whatever group or meeting they attend. A negative attitude is dangerous, especially for alcoholics. When new to sobriety pessimistic thinking comes more naturally than positive thoughts. In the early days of my recovery, I resided in a sober living. There was a small group of sour apples and the bad attitude spread like a virus! However, the same can be said for a positive attitude.
While visiting Puente House this week, it was refreshing to see the optimistic spirit of the men living there. When I arrived, the daily house meeting was just ending. I could hear the laughter of the residents as they parted ways to begin their day. A new man came through the front door, straight from court. He was warmly welcomed by the other house members, and assigned a buddy to show him around the facility and explain the rules of the road. This is the kind of atmosphere necessary for recovery. Alcoholism centers in the mind, rather than the body. As trite as it may sound, stinking thinking leads to drinking. I wish the new man all the best; I hope he knows how lucky he is to be there.
Whatever is done is over. It cannot be changed . . .
I can wish the past never was, but if I change my actions
in regard to what I have done, my attitude will change.
I won’t have to wish the past away.