People who have vision problems wake up in the morning and everything looks fuzzy until they find their glasses, or contact lenses. Putting on corrective lenses becomes a part of the morning routine. Alcoholics have a similar issue when it comes to our thinking. Upon awakening, the first thought is usually fuzzy and gets worse as we lay in bed contemplating the day. One newcomer I worked with said, “why should I bother to make my bed, I am just going to get back in it anyway.” I have found myself wondering if I had any sick days left before my feet even hit the floor. Impending doom and negative thinking are aspects of the disease of alcoholism. This defective vision must be corrected at the beginning of each day, or we may never leave the house.
By addressing the first three steps, a smooth transition is made from the unconscious to the conscious state. Admitting we are powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable, asking a Higher Power to restore us to sanity, then turning our will and our lives over to the care of that Power, reaffirm our commitment to sobriety. The morning ritual changes our thinking from a negative talk show to one that buoys our faith and hope. Once we are free of blinding self-will, we can see clearly. Alcoholism and addiction distort our perception in ways that are very dangerous to recovery. Putting on our corrective lenses in the morning reminds us that self-obsession impedes the ability to see clearly.