Patience is a sign of recovery

“God give me patience… right now!”

When I first began my own recovery program, I prayed the Serenity Prayer everyday.  “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…”  I wanted results.  And I wanted them right away!

I thought that after a couple of meetings I’d be cured and all would be well.  There were those who spoke of their hard-won victories who had been attending 12-Step meetings for over 10 years.  I secretly thought to myself there was no way it was going to take me that long…!

It is almost 10 years since my first meeting, and I still pray the Serenity Prayer.  What I realize now is this: ‘Patience’ can’t be given out whenever we ask for it; it must grow like a flower.

In other words, there’s step work that needs to be done in order for patience to blossom.  As I work the steps, I gain recovery.  As I gain recovery, I exhibit patience.

Work on your recovery – faithfully – every single day.  And when the time is right, patience will begin to appear as buds on a tree in the spring.

Patience is one of the signs of recovery.