First Things First
Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing. Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there. -Unknown
The title of this post also happened to be the topic of the meeting I run on Monday mornings. I picked it because I was going to take my new sponsee to the meeting with me, and I wanted a topic that helped me in early sobriety. As it turns out, she had to reschedule… disappointing, but it was still a great topic, and a great meeting!
“First things first” is one of the most common slogans in Alcoholics Anonymous, it would be hard to find a meeting that doesn’t have it posted somewhere in the room. For alcoholics, this expression means, quite simply, that not taking a drink or drug has to be our top priority. We must take all steps necessary to achieve this goal before we do anything else in life. Spouses, children, jobs, finances… all fall in line behind sobriety. Whatever is placed above sobriety will ultimately be lost.
As with most things related to recovery, this slogan helps me in so many other areas of my life. “First things first,” initially, meant figuring out and then executing what I needed to do to not pick up a drink or drug. But as that process got easier, “first things first” helped when any life situation overwhelmed me. When kids had homework, dinner needed to be made, and I was in the middle of cleaning, “first things first” reminded me to take a deep breath, bullet point what needed to be done, and check things off in order of their importance. The bathroom can wait when dinner needs to be on the table, and the book report can be put off when there is a test the next morning. It sounds simplistic, but when there is a lot going on, it is easy to get so caught up in the craziness of life that nothing gets done. “First things first” is a mental reset button that I can push anytime I am dealing with stress.
Here’s hoping that everyone reading can put their own “first things first” today!
Absorbing the collective wisdom of a group of recovering alcoholics, and then passing that wisdom along, is the gift that keeps on giving!
Posted on February 11, 2013, in Monday Meeting Miracles and tagged Addiction, Alcoholic Anonymous, God, Health, Recovery, Sobriety, Substance Abuse, Support group, Twelve-Step Program. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.