Going through difficult times is part of life. It is easy to claim a wonderful program of recovery when things are going your way. However, I seem to forget that I am provided for in good and bad times. How else did I survive those years of alcoholic misery? If I truly turn my will and my life over to my higher power then I have come to believe “god could and would if he were sought.” This decisions demonstrates that I have faith in my higher powers ability to take care of me in all things and reminds me of the potential I have to live without my defects which get triggered when I am facing challenges. This means that I make my third step decision daily, practice my 11th step daily, and most importantly, my 7th step. If I truly give my higher power “all of me good and bad” there is a wild and strange peace that comes over me; this surrendering is serenity. I saw a quote the other day that said: “Peace is something that we can bring about if we can actually learn to wake up a bit more as individuals and a lot more as a species; if we can learn to be fully what we actually already are; to reside in the inherent potential of what is possible for us, being human.” My recovery has helped me discover and accept who I am. As my first sponsor noted many times, “When we accept we can achieve.” When I look into a body of water I can see the dark and light co-existing. The elements are at peace, they sparkle. What will you do today to find this wild peace?