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Choosing to Embrace my Teachers

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 05, 2012 / by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina

The good news about not drinking or drugging is that we have choices.

The bad news about being sober and clean is also that we have choices.

One day at a time, we can choose not to cloud reality by artificially changing our mood. We choose to live in the present. Hence, “one day at a time.” Choosing to avoid old behavior, however, is a negative approach to a new life. The true and lasting rewards are in making better choices for positive outcomes – also one day at a time.

I recently marked thirty years on a recovery journey that includes choosing abstinence, but thankfully also included making positive choices. I have learned that learning never stops. I am better off seeking teachers who help me grow than stalling until life forces new lessons on me.

I have learned to start each day in context, viewing myself as a partner in humanity, a worker among workers, and a person capable of being a friend.

I have learned that teachers are always in my life. I just never stayed on the lookout for them.

I have learned that the best way to stay positive is to be available to someone else – to assist, teach, or just be present.

I have learned that God, as I understand him, is my companion and coach on my journey, not my judge at the end of the road.

Mostly, I have learned to make choices – confident that even mistakes turn out in my benefit.

Russ Kallina

Written by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina is Aquila Recovery of Virginia's Program Director of Operations.

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