“Worry is a terrible waste of the imagination.”
Before recovery, I was addicted to so many things – alcohol, drugs, food, sex – anything that I could use to escape I abused as I sought a way out of the impending doom I always felt. When I entered the program and began putting these vices and distractions down, I found I had been addicted to something else as well – worry.
It took a long time for my emotions to become stable and for my thoughts to become clear, but once they did, I was amazed by how much time and energy I spent worrying. I worried about my health, my job, my relationships, my future and even my past. When I shared this with my sponsor, he explained that worry was caused by excessive self-will and that I hadn’t fully surrendered to my Higher Power.
After years of working the steps, turning my will and life over to God, and spending more and more time looking for and trying to follow His will, I find that I worry less and less. Today my mind is focused on what God would have me do and be, and from that place I’ve learned to take the next indicated action and to turn the results over to Him.
Today I use my imagination to envision my life and world as God would have it be, rather than worry that it might not turn out the way I would have it.