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The Beginning

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“Abstinence is the beginning.” This sentence, one I have seen and heard many times since entering the rooms, popped out at me like never before as I read page 272 in Voices of Recovery this morning. Abstinence is the beginning:

  • of connecting with Higher Power, with self, with others who have this disease
  • of connecting with others who don’t have this disease: family, friends, strangers
  • of learning to love myself and then to love others
  • of trusting I can, with God’s help
  • of forgiving
  • of joy and serenity
  • of courage and wisdom
  • of belly laughs and sincere, healing tears
  • of having a clear purpose, moment by moment
  • of living in the present
  • of accepting it all—the good, the difficult, and the in-between— and more than accepting, feeling gratitude for it all and the learning it brings.

It is a better way to live! Blessings to all in your journey to more and more recovery. Thanks to all who surround us with service to support us along the way.

— K., Canada

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