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Easy Does It 2024!

Do you have time to read this article? Or do you need to rush right on to the next phone call or project? Or maybe you are actually rushing to read this blog section? Do you drink your coffee straight away in the morning and rush to the coffee pot to quickly make another? Or perhaps you’re on your third energy drink? I think you all get the point!

Many of us, as ex-problem drinkers or drug takers, have always had a hard time with self-control and moderation. Those words were never in our vocabulary! That’s where the old-timey slogan in AA of “Easy Does it” comes in. It’s a lot more than a slogan; it stands as a symbol for taking it easy, slowing down, and being patient with ourselves and others.

In the past, we never slowed down for anyone or anything, and in recovery, well, that’s exactly what we need to do: slow down!

For example, maybe you don’t need to drive over the speed limit to go anywhere or rush that phone call with grandma. And maybe you don’t actually need to make all your amends in two hours. Impulsive decisions and the cunning and baffling features of addiction can lead to disaster and relapse if we don’t slow it down. We are here to heal, and it’s a slow process. AA and NA work well, but they work slowly.

“Easy Does It" is a wonderful reminder that it is indeed progress, not perfection, and it does not happen overnight.

When we can slow down and take “Easy Does It, to heart, we can begin to be mindful of the here and now and take it a day at a time, and we can truly be present for the large and small miracles that happen in our lives of recovery.

In this new year ahead of us, we here at The Latest Thing hope that all of you will implement some of that “Easy Does It," (but do it!) spirit. At work, sometimes we have to remind each other to slow down and figure out what’s important versus what’s just needlessly rushing about! We all have so much to look forward to, so many people to be of service to, so many people to love, and so many miracles, both large and small, to be present for. Go easy on yourselves, friends, and go easy on everyone around you. So we wish you all a very Happy New Year and of course….”Easy Does It!"

The Origin of "Easy Does It"

The phrase "Easy Does It" has deep roots in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous, originating in the early days of the fellowship. It serves as a gentle reminder to individuals in recovery that patience, self-compassion, and moderation are crucial components of the healing process. As individuals grapple with the complexities of addiction and work through the Twelve Steps, the slogan encourages a measured and gradual approach to recovery.

Understanding the Philosophy of "Easy Does It"

Patience in Progress
Sobriety is a journey, not a sprint. The "Easy Does It" philosophy encourages individuals to be patient with themselves as they navigate the ups and downs of recovery. It is a call to recognize that healing takes time and that progress is still progress, no matter how small.

The road to recovery often involves facing the harsh realities of one's past and making amends. "Easy Does It" serves as a reminder to approach this process with self-compassion. It encourages individuals to forgive themselves for past mistakes and embrace self-discovery with an open heart.

Embracing Moderation
Addiction often involves extremes, and recovery is about finding balance. "Easy Does It" suggests adopting a measured and moderate approach to life. It discourages the impulse to rush into situations, make impulsive decisions, or succumb to the pressures that might trigger relapse.

Reducing Anxiety
The stresses of daily life can be overwhelming, and for individuals in recovery, managing stress is crucial. "Easy Does It" advises against unnecessary anxiety and the undue burden of perfectionism. By taking things one step at a time, individuals can reduce stress and focus on the present moment.

Mindful Living
The slogan encourages mindfulness, urging individuals to be present in each moment of their recovery. By approaching challenges with a calm and deliberate mindset, individuals can navigate obstacles with greater clarity and resilience.

"Easy Does It" In Practice

"Easy Does It" is not just a platitude; it's a philosophy that individuals in recovery put into practice in their daily lives. From making decisions about relationships and career choices to handling the inevitable stresses of life, the slogan serves as a touchstone, guiding individuals toward choices that align with the principles of sobriety.

In the intricate tapestry of recovery, the "Easy Does It" philosophy is a thread of understanding, resilience, and self-compassion. It's a reminder that the journey to sobriety is as unique as the individuals undertaking it and that, ultimately, finding one's path requires a balanced, patient, and measured approach. As those in recovery navigate the complexities of life without the crutch of alcohol, "Easy Does It" stands as a steady hand, offering guidance and support on the transformative journey to a life of lasting sobriety.


With love, GiftOfRecovery.com

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