There’s always a conversation going on in our heads. Human beings as a rule, seem to have a never ending stream of tickertape running through our mind. So the question is: who are you talking to? Unfortunately, this disease will gladly start every conversation, whether you invite it to or not. It mostly comes as the voice of desire, impulse, or self-will, suggesting that you do what you want now. It gripes about what you don’t have, and how misunderstood and tired you are. It says to skip tonight’s meeting, then lie about it to your sponsor. That voice sets up our relapses. To stay sober, we need to listen to the voice of recovery. That voice is heard at meetings, in the basic text, and when we listen to our sponsor’s direction. It is also the voice we seek to hear as we grow in the practice of meditation. It speaks to us of God’s will and the spiritual principles. Let’s be mindful that at any given moment, we are listening to one of these two voices. The voice of addiction comes uninvited. The voice of recovery is something we have to seek out and cultivate. The more we listen throughout the day, the stronger it gets.