Andrea Dye / 25 Years, One Lesson
When I started my inner search it was a jumbled mess of guessing, faking and going through the motions.
I read Hazelden meditation books, I said scripted prayers to my idea of God and I spent a lot of time thinking about what a higher power could do for me.
The easiest way to describe my inner and outer self-relationship when I got sober is to imagine a tangled box of necklaces and rubber bands. The once useful parts, once beautiful and shiny adornments, had tarnished, snapped, twisted and effectively strangled each other into a tormented ball of chaos and numbness.
In hindsight, I’m grateful and proud of all the work I’ve done exploring, exposing and protecting myself. The darkest times, the hardest questions and the most painful decisions I somehow lived through with a small belief that life could be less overwhelming and more peaceful if I continued to make time to be still.
Andrea is the author of 25 Years, One Lesson, a book shared by a recovering alcoholic celebrating the Zen in life after twenty-five years sober.
Andrea's spiritual lightbulb began to flicker to life in Tucson, Arizona in 1991 when she committed to a year of in-patient care for alcoholism. 9,132 days later that light is ablaze in Asia with her golf-crazed husband and bed-hog of a poodle. Known for her green smoothies and uncompromising honesty, she dabbles in various writing projects and charity work. Friends say she’s a loyal free thinker and a genuine human being with a perfect smile.