Just like a computer, I need my hardware and software for my brain to work and stay sober.
Pictured above is my hardware. Stuff I can hang onto and hold. Physical evidence confirming what I know today–I am sober. Whew. I need that reminder—one day at a time.
YOU are my software—intangibles that I carry in my heart daily. Your faces from my meetings. Things you say to give me hope. Grateful thoughts about the blessings of being sober. Prayers—of thankfulness. Prayers for those still hurting in this disease of addiction.
This computer that is my brain needs both for my brain to work in sobriety.
I still have some malware in there that trips me up, but I have my geek-self to employ all of the tools for cleanup and for a reboot on my brain–freeing up space for me to live in the present without hindrance—and to be of maximum service to my fellows.
The tools for cleanup are The 12 Steps. The Steps help me regularly do clean up on my hard drive—my brain.
I have a friend in sobriety that says, “It’s not the drinking, it’s the thinking.” Boy, is that true. I stop drinking and my brain is still thinking away just like before—those same things that caused me to quiet those thoughts with alcohol. The Steps help me with dealing with all of that stinking thinking. If I don’t do the work, I am what we call a “dry drunk” and I am not in recovery.
Doing the work. Tech support for my brain.
There will always be glitches along the way, but, now I have tools. I encourage you to work your Steps.
I will be there too. Join me in a meeting. We can’t do this alone. We need each other.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
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