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Old 03-04-2008, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Something has changed.


I am so grateful for the gift of gratitude that God has given me today.

Today I am not interested in what you can do for me I am interested in what I can do for you. That is the hidden treasure of recovery for me. The fruits of my labor are no longer the reward, it is the labor itself that is my reward. I am no longer concerned with reaping what I sow. It is the sowing itself that brings me joy. It is in doing Gods will that the miracle has happened.

Thy will be done.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's beautiful Dean! It felt wonderful just reading your words!

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Old 03-04-2008, 12:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's a great feeling!
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's nice Dean, thanks. Gives me something to shoot for.
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Dean.

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Old 03-04-2008, 03:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Dean, thanks for joining us on SR, I'm grateful that you're sharing your recovery here.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks so much Dean.

I find myself in the same place. When I was drinking, even when I would lend a hand, my mind was still focused on 'whats in it for me'. Now, I try to follow the path that is set out for me. My Creator has given me a gift (one of many) - opening my eyes. My recovery program is helping me to understand just how wrong my emotional processes & instincts were & in many ways still are. I have to keep working at it. It has been such a shock to begin to understand this - to accept that much of my life perspective, my philosophy, my attitude was wrong for all these years. For me, this is huge - just honestly admitting it to myself opened everything up. And then to add this to the spiritual void that is being filled. I never feel alone (and, in retrospect, I never was). I was a different man 2 1/2 months ago - not a bad person - just sick, lost, and confused. I pray that I never go back there again.

It's really such a gift. I am just so incredibly grateful.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just reading you're message Dean meant alot to me. What an awesome place in your recovery has been reached, I can't wait until I'm there, and I will be.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That is a wonderful feeling, thank you for sharing it with us!!!
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The sharing of this type of information is why I love this section so much! Thank you Dean62!
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:28 PM   #11 (permalink)
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excellent words, dean.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Aren't the gifts we receive in Recovery so much more rewarding than anything material we have ever obtained?

Thanks for saying it so beautifully!

God Bless
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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And Dean...that's exactly what recovery is!
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:19 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Lovely. I'm finally getting over my own selfishness and feeling the same way. Thanks for sharing this.
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:38 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Excellent Dean, Keeps me inspired to keep coming back. I know we can get there.


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Old 03-05-2008, 08:05 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing that Dean, that was one of those great "Aha!" moments for me when I suddenly realized it was no longer about me, it was about others and what I could do for them.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:14 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Dean,

Your post is wonderfully written with an enormous amount of strength!!

Thanks...:ghug2
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:15 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Monday was the best day of my 41 days sober. I started the morning with a 6:30am meeting and finished with a meeting, hanging out with new friends in recovery and then the rest of the evening at my sponsors house. The next morning on my way home from another 6:30am meeting I found myself overwhelmed with gratitude. I had never felt so good in my life just being grateful. When I arrived home I came to SR and found some people struggling with relapses and other problems.

It was for you here at SR who were having a rough time that I decided to post how I was feeling at that moment.

Thank you for all of your kind responses.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:35 PM   #19 (permalink)
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more good wishes dean'o

love, one of the Rat Pack!

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Old 03-06-2008, 07:08 PM   #20 (permalink)
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