October 24

DISCIPLINE MONTH: DAY 24: “Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” ― John Irving

I read this many years ago. I whole-heartedly concur. I was quite fanatical about those habits that were WAY less than good. We all have been.

I was fanatical about smoking, drinking, drugs (oh yeah!), men, hitchhiking, spitting on people who upset me, motorcycles, the Grateful Dead, so many things.

So, I am quite fanatical about the 12 steps of recovery. Ask any of my sponsees. They get to work on steps, all the time. There is no stopping this train, as far as I can see.

There is always a step that I am processing through myself.  I have never stopped. And Step 10 is the one I have worked every day, pretty consistently, for 31 years.

I hear Allene’s voice in my head always, “pages 86, 87 and 88; and answer all the questions…OUT LOUD.” Okay! I hear you… you are gone, but your voice is with me forever. Thank you, God!

All of these steps are good habits. It takes 21 days of doing something consistently to form a habit. Then we have to be pretty fanatical about the practice of that habit for it to become a lifestyle.

I want a LIFESTYLE of recovery. I want for it to be a permanent, consistent, ongoing, never-ending part of my life FOREVER! So, I do what that takes. I consistently, without end, practice these things.

And, if you did not know this yet, I am a fanatic about it!

So, this is a short one for today. There is nothing more for me to write about this. Do it! Just Do It!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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