Every now and then, someone says something, or does something so profound that it sticks with you for your whole life. Maybe it was something a relative said to you as a child, or a boss’s piece of advice or maybe even a great movie line that you’ve carried with you as a sort of mantra.
Refreshingly, these moments happen all the time for people who are in recovery. Whether it’s in a meeting, or maybe in a story you read, or over dinner with your support circle, there are treasured moments we capture that help to shape our recovery when we remain present to absorb the miracles.
In my own experience, there are moments I hold dearly that helped to shape my understanding of sobriety and my own recovery. Every time I hear someone’s story, they invariably share a moment or conversation they had that helped open the floodgates of growth for their recovery. It’s sort of like hearing them share their own lottery story. When unexpectedly they hit the jackpot and things just started to fall in line.
We all yearn for these moments. When something so substantial happens that it allows someone to experience an enlightening moment we so often hear others explaining about in their own lives, which catapulted them into a space of deep understanding to cherish forever.
The lifting of the great obsession to drink or use is one of the greatest miracles of working the 12-Steps. To be able to remain sober, without feeling the desire to pick-up is an unfathomable gift we’re given when we remain present to hear the necessary teachings of our support system in sobriety. If you have yet to experience this, don’t be discouraged. It takes several months, to many years for some of us to receive this gift. The important thing is to remain optimistic, to have blind faith that it will all begin to make perfect sense, and that you too have the opportunity to experience the miracle of sustained, grounded sobriety.
The moral here is not to quit before the miracles happen. Also, to remember that miracles are continuously coming your way, whether you are newly in recovery or have been in the fellowship for years. So the next time you consider skipping that meeting, or passing on dinner with your sober supports, remember to keep the opportunity for learning and growth in mind, for it is in the unexpected moments when we remain present that the best teachings of all filter into our lives.