Here we go. My name is Kip Shubert and I am a recovering alcoholic. I am so excited to share what God has and is doing in my life. My purpose is to bring a hope of recovery, not just from addiction, but to anyone who has experienced hopelessness and hardships in life. Through my experiences, my successes, and my failures I hope to help guide others to the path God has set me on – Serenity Road! Lets do this!
One thing I have seen in recovery is that it works different for everyone. What works best for one may not work the best for another. We are brought together by the common bond of addiction and the awesome thing is our recovery journey’s are all unique, however, in such a way that we all can learn from one another. The most important aspect of my recovery has been my relationship with God. The urge to drown life in a bottle was taken from me by the grace of God. His desire for me to fulfill my purpose once I became honest, open-minded, and willing replaced the void filled by alcohol. Once the desire to drink was lifted I had to learn to think, act, and live in a way that to me was the polar opposite of the way my life had always been. AA, its fellowship, and growing spiritually is the way it works for me.
Through my growing relationship with my higher power I have been shown that acceptance is the cornerstone to my recovery. The second paragraph on pg. 417 in the Big Book has been a go to for me. Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems today, is something I say daily and family and friends have come to expect. It is the key that helps to keep me in a place of true serenity. I learned to just accept things, people, and situations around me for being exactly the way the were in the moment. The saying, it is what it is, rings true for me. Now I see obstacles as challenges and opportunities for growth. In every aspect throughout my day I try to see only what I can do since that is what I control. I try to always do the next right thing and do all things out of love. I break down what each day brings me in that simple way and it really is that simple, I am learning. It hasn’t been easy and I have to practice it every day but, besides my God and my support group, it is the most important thing to living a happy sober life.
So when life happens, and it will, I focus on acting and reacting out of love and honesty one day at a time. I trust in God that things are as they should be today and as I focus on what I need to do to be the best me, promises just continue to come true in my life. Acceptance with a sober perception helps me to see what is real, as my spirituality combined with action keeps me on solid footing in recovery. Its the solid foundation to my journey down Serenity Road.