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Day 7 – Practicing What I Preach

Day 7 – Practicing What I Preach
Day 7 – Practicing What I Preach

Today I was thinking about a conversation I had with my co-worker yesterday, and I started to wonder, am I practicing what I preach? She said she’s been reading my posts, and was going to share them on Facebook, but didn’t feel like she should. She said one of our other co-workers would benefit from reading my articles, and without thinking about it I said go for it.

That’s when the thoughts started rolling in my head. She’s friends with a lot of people from work, and if she shared my articles on her Facebook, everyone at work would know I’m in recovery. What would they think about me?

I’ve written about finding the right time to share about being in recovery. That it’s not something I shout from the rooftops, but it’s also not something I hide either. So, for me to have a panic moment about EVERYONE at work finding out I’m in recovery, well, I felt like I was being hypocritical.

It’s easy for me to say “don’t be ashamed to be an alcoholic”, and “don’t be afraid to share your sobriety”. But the fact of the matter is, there is still the negative stigma surrounding addiction today. While that’s still difficult for me to grasp, it doesn’t make it any less true. But, I think there’s a big difference between being afraid of what people will think about me being in recovery, and being ashamed of sharing that fact.

I think it’s a normal reaction to say “how will people view me if they find out I’m in recovery?” That’s a normal, human reaction. Honestly, I’d be worried if I didn’t have that reaction.

However, if it comes down to having people I work with finding out I’m in recovery, and helping someone, I’ll gladly shout it from the rooftops. I’ll gladly face the indecision, self-conscious, and worried feelings if my experiences can help someone find recovery. Or, help someone who isn’t an alcoholic understand what their loved one is experiencing.

When I think about it, I can honestly say yes, I am practicing what I preach. But, I am grateful for those moments of indecision, of questioning, because it means I am still teachable. If I talk a good talk, but don’t walk the walk, it means my ego has gotten the best of me. It means I need to check myself and make some changes.

But when I take a good look at what I am saying, and ask myself if I am doing that in my own life, it means I am still growing. To me, the goal of sobriety is to grow, and to always practice what I preach.

Originally published January 13, 2017 – medium.com

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