RECOVERY MEDITATIONS
One Day at a Time


SUFFERING

ďThe desire to stop suffering
is not the same thing as the desire to stop the behavior
we are doing which causes us to suffer.Ē
Dr. James Golden

Our disease of addiction causes tremendous suffering to ourselves and to those around us. It consumes our lives and often leads to painful losses. No matter how profoundly we long to be rid of our disease, recovery is not something that falls into our laps just because we want it. We donít magically stop being compulsive eaters just because thatís our desire. It would be great if recovery happened magically and all weíd have to do is say, "I don't want this disease any more; I donít want to suffer any longer." If it were that easy, we'd immediately find ourselves in a place of complete and total recovery. Unfortunately, it doesnít work that way.

In the depths of my disease I cried out to the God of my understanding to help me achieve abstinence and an alleviation of my suffering. What was the answer to my prayers? This wonderful Twelve Step program.

One of the first things I learned was that I could wish and hope and pray, but until I put feet to my prayers and actually started working the Steps, I wouldnít recover from my disease. God will only do for us what He can do through us. If Iím not willing to do even a little bit of the work, I shouldnít expect recovery. If I wonít take the first step on this journey, I canít expect to reach my final destination. I can do some things for myself -- like putting the Steps into practice -- but what about the things I canít do for myself? Iíll let God handle those.

One day at a time...
Iíll remember that itís not enough
to want to stop suffering from my disease;
I also need to do some footwork to make it happen.

~ Jeff


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