Good morning. Oh, how tough this little beauty can prove to be. I have done it a couple of times before just winging it. To be honest with you all, I am so happy not to be locked up this year for not only the holiday but for my birthday next week as well, that almost nothing can steal my happiness. I have a good woman in my life who is my soul mate and best friend to spend this one and the rest of them with. Too many times I used to get caught up in the cognitively distorted thinking of how stressful they, the holidays, used to be that I missed the big picture. For those of you that don’t understand what that means, if something bad happens one time for a situation, that does not mean it always has to end up that way. I think a lot of people do that in everyday life, I know I used to be guilty of it. Try, just try to make a difference in how a situation turns out for the positive this time and the next. Behaviours are learned experiences. Today, though, the need to use is definitely gone the urge to use is and will always be there for the rest of my life. I have learned though that is not the only urge I fight. It is the ONLY one I used to let control my life, though. I fight many urges daily. That’s all they are though are urges. Shit, I was taught how to beat the urge to scratch a fly from my nose in boot camp while standing at attention. I can and have and will continue to learn how to beat more and more urges for the rest of my life. I am just going to keep it simple from now on and concentrate on what is most important, my family and loved ones. If any of you out there are struggling with the holidays, pray about it and call your sponsor. If you are not an addict and still having a tough time, well prayer works for everyone. Just try and keep things simple, remember what the holidays represent, and keep love in your heart. It really is that simple. To those of you out there in the grip of it, I pray that today is the day your life changes forever as mine has. God Bless!