I was browsing around on our site here, and noticed that topics like "What happens when you fail" and "Relapsed" sure get active with a lot of messages posted to them!
So... my head went to work on "I wonder how much activity and how many posts a vital topic like "Recovery" would get.
Hey... you know... hopefully, that's why we're all here, and it's one thing that we have in common... the solution... the 12 Steps... recovery!
I've noticed, that both on our website here... and many times in discussion meetings... it seems like positive topics don't get as much activity... or as much interest as negative topics do.
Maybe it's just an illusion to me... or my own perception... so, I thought I'd check it out by starting a Message thread on "Recovery!" and see what happens.
Will it just get a few nibbles? A couple of bites? Or... will it be as interesting as the topics like "What do I do now that I've failed and drinking again!"
Over the years... my own personal experience has been... "I attract and manifest what I think about." To me, that's why things like fears and resentments are so deadly to alkies of my type. If I'm thinking about my fears and resentments... I attract more of them!
If I'm spending more of my time thinking about the 12 Steps, Recovery, Serenity, Peace of Mind, God, or what I want... rather than what I don't want... I tend to attract more of that also!
As I was looking at all the messages posted to topics like "Relapsed" and "Failed"... I started wondering... if we might have less relapses, and less fails... if we began to focus our attention... and keep it focused... on recovering.
Have you ever been driving down the road... headed to where you wanted to go... and your mind started drifting off on things other than where you were headed... and suddenly... just our of the blue... you forgot where you were going? It's happened to me before. It's been a while since it's happened... but I sure do remember it happening! And, I was sober when it happened!
As a metaphor, I guess it could be kind of like... I was headed to New York City... from Los Angeles... and my mind was drifting along on ideas about Orlando... and the next thing I discovered... was... I missed an important exit... and suddenly I'm having to back-track and drive an extra 90 miles to get back on course to end up in New York City. If I had kept my mind on where I was headed... I wouldn't have made the mistake.
Now, if I use that metaphor in regards to staying sober... if I was headed down the Sober Pathway... and I was thinking about relapse... I might end up somewhere that I didn't want to be... like having to start over again!
Thanks for letting me share... Next?