Right, On Time

Used 2012-10-29 Perfect Timing sobriety recovery alcoholism

Perfect Timing

The other night in a meeting, someone was talking about their recovery and answered his own question: Why did I wait so long to get sober?


I came into the rooms at the right time.

One day earlier would have been too early and I would’ve relapsed.

One day later would have been too late and I might never have made it in.

Don’t mourn lost time, instead celebrate the time that’s left.



About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on October 29, 2012, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. PERFECT, PERFECT, PERFECT follow-up to your last post.

    Perfect timing.

    And a perfect time to be sober.

    Very nice Al, very nice… ~ Christy

  2. That pic makes me a little queasy, heh. Urp. Talk about a photo bomb! :p

    Beyond that, lol, this post is so spot-on. I am a huge believer in perfect timing. Sometimes it is easier to see in hindsight, but the facts are that things most often happen just when they need to, I choose to believe that. What a wise person to put it all in that way.

    Shells Bells has a friend from days of yore that likes to write: “Only Forward.” I love this as a motto and have stolen it for myself. The above fits very well with not mourning lost time and moving ahead.

    This idea of “a perfect time” is so helpful even to me in this moment (man, having a major déjà-vu typing this comment — have you posted an idea like this before?!) — maybe I was “sent home” at just the perfect time. Any earlier, I would not have been able to handle it. Any later and things would have been an even bigger mess. I am where I am at just the right time for me to move forward and continue on a path of love, learning, and relationship.

    I need to keep my eyes on that as I am hitting the “shock has worn off” stage and am into the “Holy cats. This is for reals” place. It’s really hard to be somewhere you don’t want to be, and see very little hopeful future for oneself ahead. But understanding there is a perfect time for things to happen, I can start to feel that perhaps not all is as bleak as I feel, and there is hope in moving forward.

    I am definitely at a “still point.” Not a lot of forward momentum. But this post reminds me that perhaps that is just exactly where it needs to be for now.


    • Hi babe!

      Glad you were able to get so much out of this. To everything, there is a season…and we are exactly where we’re supposed, to be at this moment.

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  3. Yeah, timing is everything. You have to want to quit before you can quit.

  4. This post I love. I hope quitting comes soon before it is too late. L.

  5. Took me awhile to figure out that picture. Ick. Great post. Never think of it that way, but so true and a lot of comfort in those words.

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