Whenever a cereal commercial demonstrates how it’s part of a nutritious breakfast, the bowl is always flanked by a glass of milk, a glass of orange juice, two pieces of buttered toast, sliced grapefruit, and a vitamin B supplement. Which is the perfect analogy for this alcoholic, as I tend to be a little Coco Puffs.

Step 3: made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.

It’s tough to live on craziness alone, but me and booze gave it one hell of a run. I attempted 100% self-reliance out of fear and spite.  After a while, even that gets boring.

What needs to happen is simple: I must surround myself with people and places that are good for me. Which actually is pretty easy.  I never was a bar drinker, and what few friends I have outside of the program aren’t alcoholics.  My wife and daughter are great, free and clear of the monkey mind that plagues me.

At work I’ve slowly been moving myself away from those who constantly talk negatively about the company and our jobs. I used to be one of those guys; always bitching and moaning about the way things were being run. The program has taught me that I can be miserable wherever I’m at. It’s my choice.

Today: I’m grateful to be surrounded by so many balanced people. Learn from them. Do as they do.

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