Happy Joyous and Free: We are told this is the promise. We are told this is what recovery brings. And then life happens. It happens in recovery and it happens after many years of good recovery. “This is what we don’t tell the newcomer”, we may say to each other when we are in pain or life is very hard even with many years of sobriety.
But then I heard this at a meeting:
"Joy comes from my relationship with God.
So I can be Joyous even when I am not Happy".
How amazing is that? How wonderful is that?
This is also why we keep going to meetings even after many years. To hear something like that.