I try to find something inspirational every day.  It can come from many different places.  My bible, my wife, my church, TV/Radio and especially my AA meetings.  The last couple of days the topic in my meetings has centered on Step 11, which states: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” I am just now starting Step 4 in my journey this time around.  As of today, I have 75 days sober.  Needless to say, I am no where close

Music has always been a part of my life.  In the late 70’s and 80’s it was Rock.  AC/DC, Van Halen, Rush, Styx, Sammy Hagar, Judas Priest etc…  In the 90’s it was more of the new music like Collective Soul, Nirvana, Sublime with some Country thrown in.  The 2000’s saw me going more Country and late 60’s/70’s music.  When the 2010’s hit I migrated more to what we call Texas Country or Red Dirt Country.  Artists like Cory Morrow, Pat Green, Roger Creager, 1100 Springs, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland etc.  I still gravitate to that music today.  My wife doesn’t care for it

This song hits my heart in many ways as well.  My life was empty.  I didn’t have any true friends.  I was truly dead inside.  As I mentioned in another post, I was baptized this past summer and I have prayed for the Lord to help me.  I was finally willing to listen and opened my heart to what he was telling me.  My life is getting more full by the day! My life was as empty As the bottle by my bed My friends turned into strangers And I was all but dead Jesus came and found me there That day those demons bled

Today’s meeting was very good.  One of my fellow alcoholics, who has about 2 weeks less than I do, asked the room “What Keeps You Sober?”.  I have worried about him.  I have known him for about 2 years.  We attend the same church and have attended an addiction life group together as well.  He went to rehab for 2 months and then had a slip after he got home.  It happens to the best of us!  I did the same thing the first time I went to rehab.  The important thing is that he came back to the group.  We talk on a regular

Attending meetings is paramount to my sobriety.  There has not been a meeting where I have not gleaned something I can apply to my life.  I hope my sharing has the same impact on others.  That said, yesterday and today are prime examples. Yesterday our topic was based off the Daily Reflections for November 7th, Let Go and Let God.  Being relatively new to sobriety, 68 days as of this second, I still have at times have difficulty letting go and giving things over to my Higher Power.  It was with great relief that I heard from Old Timers that still struggle with that exact

Yesterday was a day of service.  I spent the majority of my Saturday with a bunch of drunks helping another.  We have a member of our group who has cancer.  Her house is in pretty rough shape.  We all got together and spent the day cleaning and clearing debris away in preparation for work being done on Monday and Tuesday.  It was great to see everyone, men and women, give selflessly of themselves to help someone else.  I would like to think this is something I would have done when I was drinking.  Probably but maybe not.  And the chance would be good that I

What a good day today is!  I received my 60 day coin today at my meeting!  The first 28 days of that were pretty easy.  When you are locked down 24/7 in rehab, it isn’t too hard to not think about or crave drinking.  At least for me personally it wasn’t.  When I left on September 28th, that is when things should have gotten more difficult.  Thank God, for me, it hasn’t been that way.  YET!  That isn’t to say that it won’t get difficult at times.  I am quite certain there will be days in the future when that will cross my mind. I

Today was a relatively busy day.  It started early!  Around 2am to be exact.  Our bedroom lost power, not the whole house mind you.  Just the bedroom.  For most people that probably wouldn’t have been noticed until either the alarm clock failed to go off or when you tried to turn the lights on.  Not me.  I cannot sleep with out a fan running.  Doesn’t matter if it is the middle of the winter or the middle of the summer.  I can’t sleep without the white noise.  It doesn’t even blow on the bed.  It is behind my dresser blowing straight against the wall!  But