Joy comes not from getting what you want; joy comes from living an effective recovery program

Wants never end. They create more wants. someone wise told me that "Addiction is a disease of more and next." Depending on fulfilling wants for joy leads to frustration because they never can be finally fulfilled. A friend could not get a husband and children. Instead of letting this want drive her to insanity, she turned to her Higher Power: an effective recovery program.  She kept going to support meetings, volunteered to help others, and joyously played with her nieces. She became a leader in recovery and helped many struggling new people become mature, sober individuals. She would often say that participating in the growth of these children gave her fulfillment beyond her wildest expectations and that living the 12 steps changed her sadness into joy, fear into courage, and resentment into love.


When I tell myself I won't be happy until I get what I want, today I will automatically do something I have learned to do in recovery like being grateful for what I have. What can I do today to improve my recovery program?