Our need and ability to interact with other people, and to come together as a communal force, has always been Homo sapiens’ most cutting-edge advantage. Its superpower.
Even more effective than opposable thumbs, or being able to walk upright.
I am labelling this superpower Love.
Love enables us, as couples, families, clubs, tribes, nations, as a specie, and in groups such as ours looking to break free from the chains of addiction.
One doesn’t need to be a Christian to believe in the value of Love, but I do like The Bible’s list of Love’s identifying features:
- Doesn’t envy
- Doesn’t boast
- Isn’t proud
- Isn’t rude
- Isn’t self-seeking
- Not easily angered
- Doesn’t keep a record of wrongs
- Doesn’t delight in bad shit
- Rejoices in good shit
This process has required that I aim Love inward.
I have needed to be very kind and caring with myself.
I still do.
To have broken free of the bonds of the alcohol trap, I will have embraced much, if not all, of this list at some point, and to remain free I am consciously attempting to take up a life stance reflective of its core values.
If you are in recovery, you will have too; I immediately feel a kindred spirit with you.
Well done us!
GO! GO! GO!
Love is in play.
Each new sober author I discover.
Each new subscriber to this blog.
Each new sober person I meet or hear of.
Each new day I live alcohol-free.
… Reminds me that I am part of something bigger and lovely.
I am so happy to be here today, Day 47.
I celebrate with all who are here and all those who have yet to come.
Love is a choice to choose,
a stance to take,
a muscle to be flexed,
a sword to be wielded,
A life-line to be thrown,
A harvest to be gathered,
and a place of health, wealth and beauty, wherein I want to make my home.