It is easy to get caught up in “stuff” during the holiday season. I try to remember that gifts are symbols to represent something deeper, on the inside, invisible to all around us. These are great paradoxes that we want external validation when we need internal, that we want to see God when we must know and believe. How lucky we are to have a Recovery program that reminds us of all the real gifts we receive when we live a Sober life. Bill W., the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, understood this:
“Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life – the one that did not work – for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever.”
Even the greatest Spiritual teachers have learned that the teacher and the student are one, living in the balance of reciprocal joy.