Just For Today | June 13 | A Full Life

“The program works a miracle in our lives…. We become free to live.” Basic Text, page 11

Embracing the Miracle of a Full Life

In the journey of recovery, we often find ourselves overwhelmed with the fullness of life. Meetings, sponsorship, step work, jobs, family, and friends all demand our attention, leaving us feeling stretched thin. Yet, this busyness is a testament to the miracle of recovery—a life brimming with purpose and connection, far removed from the empty existence we once knew.

The Overwhelming Busyness of Recovery

Many of us, at some point, have complained in meetings about being overworked and too busy. The days seem so full with various commitments that it feels impossible to meet everyone’s demands. This overwhelming busyness can sometimes lead to frustration, causing us to lose sight of the profound transformation that has taken place in our lives.

The Soft Laughter of Recognition

When someone complains about their busy life in recovery, it often elicits soft laughter from others in the meeting. This laughter is not mocking but rather a recognition of a shared experience. We laugh because we understand the irony of complaining about the very life we once thought unattainable. Not long ago, our days were consumed by addiction, and having a full, productive life seemed out of reach.

The Transformation from Addiction to Fulfillment

Recovery has allowed us to transform our lives in ways we never imagined. The energy once devoted to sustaining our addiction is now channeled into building a meaningful and fulfilling life. This transformation is nothing short of miraculous, and it is important to remember and appreciate this change.

The Energy of Addiction Redirected

In active addiction, our primary focus was obtaining and using drugs. This singular focus left little room for anything else. Now, in recovery, we find ourselves with the capacity to engage in a wide array of activities and responsibilities. This shift from a narrow, destructive focus to a broad, constructive one is a testament to the power of recovery.

The Joy and Challenges of a Full Life

Living a full life means experiencing a range of emotions and challenges. We encounter joy, fulfillment, frustration, and stress. These experiences are all part of living in reality, and they remind us that we are truly alive. Embracing both the positive and negative aspects of life helps us grow and reinforces our commitment to staying clean.

Gratitude for the Fullness of Life

Instead of resenting the busyness of our lives, it is important to cultivate gratitude. Each task, responsibility, and relationship is a reminder of the miracle of recovery. By focusing on gratitude, we can shift our perspective from one of burden to one of appreciation.

The Practice of Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful practice that can transform our outlook on life. By taking time each day to acknowledge and appreciate the fullness of our lives, we can maintain a positive mindset. This practice helps us stay grounded and connected to the miracle of recovery.

Reframing Our Busy Lives

When we feel overwhelmed, it can be helpful to reframe our perspective. Instead of seeing our busy schedules as burdens, we can view them as evidence of our progress and growth. This shift in mindset allows us to appreciate the opportunities and responsibilities that come with a full life.

Just for Today

Just for today, I will remember that my life is a miracle. Instead of resenting how busy I am, I will be thankful that my life is so full. I will embrace the busyness as a sign of my growth and transformation in recovery.

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