Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's all in a Greeting Card

For today's tip, let's keep it simple.

In glancing over my desk to a card I bought months ago that is taped on the wall, I find that it contains a sobriety tip:

You were wild once. Don't let them tame you.

Isadora Duncan

And, what, prey tell does this mean to you in recovery? This kind of "wild" implies freedom.
Freedom to be. To do. To thrive. To light up a room when you walk into it.

For today, don't confuse "wild" with "drunk" or "high," because that is NO KIND OF FREEDOM. In fact, it is self-imposed captivity.

Just for today, don't let that disease "tame" the you you were meant to be.

Make a list of all the things you did that were freeing before you started using, or all of the things you dream of doing that your diseased robbed from you. The longer you stay in recovery, the more you will be able to check off all of those things returning to your life or coming to you for the first time around.

And, boy, what a sweet smell of success.


  1. The sweet smells of success are all about me (I go to lots of AA meetings!).

    And often I find myself in a group of those "winners".

  2. What a treat to hear from you Steve! I can identify with being a winner too..and, most importantly, grateful for the one-day-at-a-time..
    thanks so much for your support.
    Happy Happy Saturday.