01 Jan 5 Reasons Why People in Recovery Rock the New Year
It is New Year’s Day at 7:09am. My home is quiet and my family still asleep. The city is winding down from her all-night party and the human race has been awarded an annual reset button on a new year with hopes of a fresh start. I am awake, alert, and grateful to be sober while I sit here in my home office writing this blog.
After a full few weeks of fun with family, laughter with my six-year-old niece Savannah, and grateful-reflections with my wife about 2016, I am completely satisfied. I am prepared to work hard to achieve my daily, monthly, and quarterly goals because recovery makes it possible to accomplish extraordinary things. The fact that I am sober, safe, and completely at peace is one example of a miracle. Prior to my life in recovery, New Year’s Eve was a shallow search for the party—fast people, music, lights, and substances that would enhance the experience. New Year’s morning was a pathetic rebound full of regrets, confusion, head-aches, and emptiness. Today my happiness and fulfillment are the results of daily actions and a Higher Power.
Today, as I write this blog, I am humbly grateful for the 365 victories over my addiction in 2016. I feel inspired to share a few reasons why recovering people have an advantage entering the new year in hopes to help someone find their way out of addiction into this beautiful lifestyle. In honor of all my brothers and sisters in recovery, I want you to know that I am proud to fight this war by your side.
Here are 5 reasons why people in recovery rock the New Year!
1- Resolutions are achieved daily, not yearly.
According to an article in Forbes.com, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Most people will set lofty annual goals this time of year and fail within days, weeks or months. On the contrary, as people in recovery, we wake up each morning with a sincere desire to be better than we were yesterday. We are resolved to stay sober, be honest, connect spiritually, develop our talents, and to serve others. We believe in progress, not perfection. In order to reach our desired goals, we are committed to do what it takes. As we set out to achieve our daily resolutions, we actually experience incredible side effects: we become better spouses, parents, siblings, sons, daughters, friends, and employees than we were the day before.
2- We are emotionally available and physically present for those who matter most.
As people in recovery, we are comfortable in our own skin. We experience the beautiful feeling of serenity and fulfillment every day of the year. On New Year’s Eve, we are satisfied celebrating the holiday with friends, family, and teaching our kids the importance of personal development for the coming year. We don’t need alcohol to enhance our experience and we definitely don’t need insincere validations from intoxicated strangers in social settings. We are happy people wherever we are. We are connected with ourselves and our own worth. We have survived the burning fire of addiction and we are committed to shine Light in the lives of others. We don’t feel compelled to drag ourselves around the town to be “seen” or to find external counterfeit happiness. We have everything we need as long as our recovery is in good health. No matter what comes our way, we are able to be emotionally available and physically present for those who matter most.
3- We start the New Year off with a clear mind, rested body, and energy.
Because we don’t drink, or use drugs any more, people in recovery actually enjoy waking up on New Year’s Day. We feel a sense of enormous success out of the gate because we are victorious in earning another day of sobriety. There is no better feeling than to start off the year feeling triumphant over your demons. In years past, the hangovers, regrets, and anxiety plagued our mornings. Conversely, today, we are clear-minded, we are rested, and we are energetic with excitement to take on another day, and another year of freedom from the chains that once shackled us.
4- We understand that in order for us to reach our goals, we must lose ourselves in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi taught, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
There is no better feeling than brightening someone’s day, listening to someone’s pain, and carrying someone’s load. The twelve-step lifestyle teaches us to put others first, and as we do, we will gain strength, and support from our Higher Power to reach our own goals and aspirations. Service must come first. Once that is in place, the sky is our limit in reaching our own realistic and attainable dreams.
5- We make memories to remember, not memories we will forget.
As we ring in the new year, people in recovery focus on making memories that we will remember and cherish for the rest of our lives. As our way of life, we take daily personal inventory and consistently take a self-evaluation. At the end of each day, we take a close look at our personal liabilities and our assets regarding our spiritual and mental health. We track our spiritual growth, individual victories, and measure our progress. This is a powerful tool used to document our lives and remember each day as a gift and a victory. Imagine if everyone took the time for self-evaluation on a daily basis. The world would be a different place. Is there any wonder why there are so many amazing people in recovery?
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God bless you all and happy 2017!
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