Be in this World but not of it

The other day, I told my AA Sponsor I was in a paradox.

Thanks to the reconstruction process that AA has provided me, I have never been so well in my life, yet I have never faced
such a delicate financial situation.

My Sponsor mentioned that he once had a great job with stability and significant gains, but that he lost it all thanks to alcohol.

He asked me  about my Paradox. He asked how did I manage to be well and at peace against a situation as delicate as this?

I reminded him how badly he must have felt, how he lacked peace even with job stability and good financial gains.

A few seconds of silence and I told him, this is life. We can create our reality according to what we emphasize.

PEACE does not depend on external conditions, being in PEACE does not mean the absence of problems. PEACE from within puts us in a privileged position so that Serenity can help us to make assertive, reasonable decisions.

For me, Affliction, Anxiety, and Nervousness NEVER solved my problems. On the contrary, they took away my focus and - combined with alcohol - put me in a precarious situation, unable to solve anything and even creating new trouble.

Don't get down for too long if something happens that throws you out of whack. Remember that we are spiritual beings within a human frame. The body breaks but not our spirit. Nothing and no one can break our spirit. Only alcohol, drugs or some other addictive behavior can break our spirit. The most important thing we can do today is not picking up the first drug! It is a good day if we don't pick up the first drug!


If you are craving to drink or use because of the physical or emotional pain caused by people, places, or things, REPEAT: "I will not let that person make me use!" or "I will not let that situation make me use!" or "I will not let that thing make me use!"  They cannot ruin your life. Only you can ruin your life by picking up the first drink or drug. THEN CALL SOMEONE AND TELL THEM YOU FEEL LIKE PICKING UP A DRUG.