Especially for those of us who belong to this club of recovering drinkers, involving ourselves in controversy carries a greater degree of risk than most of our friends and family. In sobriety we become keenly aware of social injustice, of bigotry, and racism and we carry that concern into our daily lives sometimes with quite a negative effect upon our desire for ‘clean and serene’.
It’s a delicate balance we seek juggling a sense of civic responsibility with the peace we have found in our recovery program. Sometimes, as in this election, we go overboard with the politicking. After all, we are alcoholics. We never did anything in moderation.
Whatever the outcome of our election might be, for most of us life will go on much as before. We will work our jobs, pay our taxes, support our families, and give homage to our Higher Power. It is, therefore, extremely crucial that we maintain our sense of priority. For us, the humility described in the writings of Alcoholic Anonymous, “a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become who we could be,” needs to become the focal point once again of our recovery.
Possibly a personal inventory and clean sweep is in order followed by a heart and mind renewal.