12,054 Days and Counting

Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson —

Thirty-three years ago on this day–that is 12,054 days ago–I checked myself into a treatment center, (with my wife’s foot up my butt 🙂 ), in hopes of learning how to live life without the need to escape reality through the use of drugs and alcohol.

The success of my recovery journey ties back to the 12 spiritual steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Both of which stress the importance of not necessarily thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less. Most of us addicts are very self-centered, self-absorbed, and self-focused. In essence, our lives are all about us.

Sobriety hinges on our ability to turn our self-absorptive tendencies inside out. We realize we can only keep what we have by giving it away.

We strive to add value to the world instead of expecting the world to add value to us.

I’m still a work in progress, but I’m a heck of a lot better person than I was 12,054 days ago.

Sobriety has truly been a gift for me, but more importantly for those around me.

Thanks to all of you for joining me on my journey through life!



Philippians 2:4, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.” 

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