If You Don’t Believe, Than Make Believe

Coming into the program, you don’t have to believe anything.
You don’t even have to believe that you can stay sober. All you need to do is make believe than you can. This means that every day when you get up just imagine that you can be sober for that day. Just for that day take the actions that a sober person would take. Even if you don’t believe you will stay sober for that day.
You don’t even have to believe in the power of the program. All you have to do is imagine that the program can work for you. Throughout your day follow the suggestions that have been given to you by program people. Even if you don’t believe in it, make a meeting, call your sponsor and do some type of service.
You don’t even have to believe that you have a Higher Power. Use your imagination and evolve a personal G-d of your understanding. Then throughout your day turn to your Higher Power; even though you don’t believe in Him.
Somewhere along the way, all of those make believe actions begin to take root and before you know it, your beginning to believe.
Do you think I’m wrong? Just for today, make believe I’m right and believe in yourself, the program and a Higher Power.

Personal Reflection: What do I still need to make believe in?

Sanity Is A Playground For The Unimaginative

Active in our addictions we did a lot of insane things. We often endangered the lives of ourselves and others through our actions. We might have thought that we were being free-spirited or creative by some of our actions. The reality was that we were individuals who were in a lot of pain. When we thought about giving up our drug of choice, we exclaimed, “How could I live life without my little helper? Life will be dull and unexciting”.

In sobriety, we realized that when we gave up the drugs and alcohol, we didn’t need to give up the things that defined us. Being sober didn’t mean being boring. We could still sit in the first seat of the roller coaster, dance in the middle of the street when our favorite song came on, take exotic vacations or join the Polar Bear Club. We could let our imaginations fly, without the use of external substances. We found that in sobriety there were many more opportunities to tap into our imagination because our minds had become clear and sharp once again. Our brand of sanity allowed us to engage life in ways we had never even dreamed possible.

Personal Reflection: How do I creatively play?