When Jeff was new to recovery, he wrote, This is the first year that my New Year’s resolution was crystal clear: contribution. I need to do more for my community, to give back in bigger, more consistent ways – roll up my sleeves and offer my time and experience to the people around me. The Big Book says, “To keep what we have, we need to give it away.”

My reflection: For years, I scoffed at making New Year’s resolutions. I felt silly setting the intention to do something I knew I would abandon after a few weeks; however, I decided to follow Jeff’s lead and made a commitment to take time each day to read, meditate, pray, and become more centered in myself and with my God. I knew this would have a positive impact on myself and my family.

Today’s Promise to consider: Even though I may not be a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, this year I will try. Jeff will contribute more to his community, and I will do the same. I will grow stronger in my spirituality, reflect on what is important to me, and decide what I can do to enrich my life and the lives of others. Happy New Year!

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Janet Hankins
Janet Hankins
5 years ago

Last year my resolution was to do more for those suffering from addiction and their families. That ultimately led me to leave my career of family medicine of 32 years to go into addiction medicine at a federally qualified health care center.

Pat Nichols
5 years ago
Reply to  Janet Hankins

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Joan E Fitzgerald
Joan E Fitzgerald
5 years ago

Libby you and Jeff have given so much , so freely to all of us living in the world of addiction
I want to say Thank you
Your Thursday messages have carried me thru the last 10 years
Forever greatful