I remember hearing the phrase, “We are not a glum lot” when I was new in recovery.
But I didn’t believe it. I mean, here I was sentenced to attend meetings and prohibited from partying. Things looked pretty glum to me. If it wasn’t for the laughter I heard in the rooms, I may not have stuck around.
At first I couldn’t understand what they found so funny. People would share embarrassing, demoralizing and even tragic experiences, and the room would burst into laughter. “I don’t get it,” I said to my sponsor. “Those who can laugh at themselves tend to last,” he replied. And did I find that to be true!
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in recovery is not to take myself so seriously. I allow myself to make mistakes today, and if I step on someone’s toes, I’m quick to make amends. Because of this my life is lighter today, and I find it easy to laugh at myself. This not only makes the journey more enjoyable, but it’s what’s made it last so long, too.
Today I know that those who laugh – last.
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