Eggs, milk, flour, oil. These are essential ingredient to making a cake. Am I here today to tell you how to bake a cake? Well, no. But I do have a recipe for something better – a great life in recovery!
This process is tried and true, and even better – it’s free. The essentials in my recovery consist of doing five things every day. I don’t do it perfect, sometimes not at all, but I can tell you when I practice this to the best of my ability things seem to be OK.
1. Go to a meeting
AA has gotten me sober. AA is keeping me sober. I must attend meetings regularly for many different reasons. Sometimes I go begrudgingly, sometimes with excitement, but I’ve not once left a meeting wishing I hadn’t gone.
It could be long, sincere and on my knees, or a quick shout out to God, but keeping conscious contact with my Higher Power is something I strive for daily.
3. Be of Service
I can’t always save the world, but I can do a little good every day. Being of service could mean cleaning coffee cups after a meeting or reading the big book with a newcomer. It could also mean picking a gum wrapper off of the ground. Big or little, I try to make a positive impact every day.
4. Call My Sponsor
I had to be in contact daily when I was new, and even now I stay in contact with my sponsor. Keeping that line of communication open and regular meetings with my sponsor is a key part of my recovery.
5. Step work
Read one word out of the Big Book, or ten pages of inventory. It doesn’t matter as long as I stay in the process.
These five things were suggested to me as a recipe for success by my sponsor, and I pass these on to those I sponsor. In a perfect world I would do all these every day. It doesn’t always happen, but at least they are tools I have at my disposal.
I do it because it works.
I do it because I live a life in recovery.