My academic advisor from school once told me something like “I make my decisions on what I will and won’t do every day as though this was my last day on earth.” I have long considered those words as a call for prioritizing my actions on a daily basis. What is really important in life?
Of late I have considered this advice in another way – to do something of meaning to/with/for another each day. The somethings can be as simple as an overdue phone call or email of support, an amend, a lunch, a walk, and so forth. I consider such actions as simple steps each day to get out of myself and be in community or of service to others. I know too that in being of service to others, I am also in service to myself. The greatest enhancement to my recovery is in being of service to others and sharing my experience, strength and hope. That is both a blessing and a responsibility to give back for what I have been given in recovery.