I love the stillness of the early morning. Getting up at 5am is now pleasure, but this was not always the case. In early sobriety, I woke up the same way I went to sleep – frantic. Before I was out of bed, I had a long list of terrible things that were going to happen and a long list of fires that I would need to put out. So why get up? I was late before I ever started! Because of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, my life has changed drastically. When I open my eyes in the morning, I also open my ears. When I awaken, I listen for the birds. I choose not to review my plans for the day until I have prayed and meditated.
AA enables me to clear my mind of burdens so that I may enjoy the moment. The childhood awe about the splendor of nature has returned. I see the beauty in the stillness of the morning and I carry that in my throughout the day. Sobriety has allowed me to say “Good morning God” instead of “God, it’s morning.” Each day, I practice looking at the beauty of the day and what is right with the world instead of what is wrong.
“Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.”
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