I heard something interesting yesterday. Everyone wants to get to heaven, but no one wants to die. In other words, I want a result, but I’m usually unwilling to do what it takes to get it. When I was first introduced to recovery, I heard someone say they had ten years of sobriety. I thought, “I want ten years of sobriety.” It never occurred to me that it takes ten years to get ten years of sobriety. I wanted the result without doing what that man did to remain sober for that amount of time. During the final years of my drug use, I really wanted to stop and made numerous attempts to get clean. But I wasn’t willing to do what other people had done to achieve long-term sobriety. It’s like wanting to learn to fly an airplane, but refusing to follow the instructions of the pilot. The end result is less than satisfactory. Although I’m sober today, this tendency still haunts me. Taking suggestions from those who have walked before me will ensure my continued sobriety.