Simple but not easy

Gratitude List 12/09/2018

Yesterday I was strolling around Muswell Hill Broadway with a bit of time to kill. It occurred to me that I once relapsed on the same street, in exactly the same circumstances. That day, the illness was strong and I made the wrong decision. Yesterday, my recovery was strong and I made a decision to act in a way that has held me in good stead over the last couple of years. The miraculous action I took? I called a friend. After the call, the urge (albeit a small urge) was completely removed and before I knew it, the time I had to kill had gone. So simple and so successful. Like the recovery program, calling a friend is simple but for some strange reason it’s not easy. Thankfully, picking up my phone and reaching out is becoming a habit.

Today I am grateful for the other times I have simply called a friend in a time of need. Calls which have resulted in further positive action.

– Calling a friend when I have an urge to eat junk food.

– Calling a friend when I have the thought of watching porn enters my mind.

– Calling a friend when I’m feeling lazy and procrastinating.

– Calling a friend when I want help, support or advice.

– Calling a friend when I’m feeling low and about to enter the realms of self pity.

– Calling a friend when I’m intolerant, frustrated or resentful.

– Calling a friend when I have a decision to make.

– Calling a friend when I have been dishonest and I want to tell the truth.

– Calling a friend when I want to recover.

No matter how tough it seems to pick up my phone, press a few buttons, bring it up to my ear and use my God given voice, I will remind myself of the good it does and just do it.

Grateful for the memory

Cat Fells, Lake District, UK, July 2018

Grateful for the message

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