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Topic: Rich (04/26/12)
By Julie Andre
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In the beginning days of my recovery from alcoholism, I was very selfish and self-centered. Of course, I didn’t know that about me. Denial is not a river in Egypt!
One Friday night as I sat in the beautifully decorated condo that I owned, I found myself having a private pity party. When I called a friend of mine to share my self inflicted misery, she wasn’t buying into my pathetic state. The more I listened to her voice, the angrier I became. I had always considered myself, cute, sweet, and nice. That night I found another side of me. My friend told me to hang up, make a pot of coffee, and write down a gratitude list. All of this was to be done at 11:00PM. Then she told me to call her in the morning. What nerve she had! She hung up while I still held the phone. I, Miss Goody-two-shoes, hurled the phone across the room. Needless to say, the phone had a few problems after that quarterback throw.
Early the next morning I called my “friend.” I had done what she had said. I was very proud of my list. When she asked me to read it to her, I did so with great enthusiasm. After my reading the list, she asked me two very important questions. First, where was GOD on the list, and second, where was sobriety on the list. The truth was those two things didn’t even make the list. Instead, I had managed to come up with money, men, sex, and jewelry!
It has taken me 29 years to realize that true riches come from time spent with GOD, and the sober life I lead today. With GOD and sobriety, I am surrounded with family and friends whom I love and love me. I am a rich woman!
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