We had a good fundraiser on Saturday. Interestingly enough, nachos and cupcakes go quite well together. Yesterday the weather was in the 70's so I enjoyed some yard work time and my home group meeting.
Our meeting last night was on the spiritual malady. It was nice to hear people talk about never going back out. So many of the meetings I go to are filled with people talking about their last relapse or their last rehab stint. I sometimes think that it gives the newcomer hope that they can go back out and easily find their way back in. Other peoples misery never scares us into staying and there is never an easy way back in since walking into a meeting is usually precipitated by pain.
Newcomers who leave a treatment facility and "use" shortly thereafter believe they have relapsed and think that it is so painful or not. The true relapse is after one has worked all 12 steps, lived a sober life and have once again manifested the spiritual malady in their life and then use. I've seen that kind of pain many times in people and it is awful. Our spiritual condition must be our primary focus, it is what makes everything else fall in place.
"What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition."