At a recent AA meeting, the topic was to fill in the blank to the following statement: “If only _______would happen, I would be happy.”
Many of us were tempted to answer that we would be happy if we had the right job, or more money or the spouse would act right. It became clear that many of us have put our happiness on hold for things beyond our control.
So we applied the First Step, and admitted that we were powerless over people, places and things. These “if only’s “ made or lives unmanageable, but a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Many of us decided to surrender our “if only’s” to a Higher power. When we did, we stopped acting like victims, waiting for things to change. We chose to take a more active role in seeking happiness in the here and now.
There are many areas of my life that I cannot change, and what I can change, I need assistance with. The one thing I can always change is my attitude. I can accept my life as it is and be grateful and happy, here and now. Life holds so much to be happy about, especially for sober alcoholics. We are people who shouldn’t be, yet here we are, living busy, meaningful lives with a sense of purpose. Happiness can be felt only if you don’t set the conditions.Share post