“Being brave doesn't mean you are not scared. It means you are scared but you do what has to be done anyways.” – Unknown
Meditation About Being Brave
Fear is a natural part of being human, how we handle that fear is what determines how brave we really are. When in fear we can do either of two things, we can face everything and recover or we can forget everything and run. Many of us ran from our fears or tried covering them up with booze, drugs, relationships, jobs, etc…we didn’t know how to actually walk through our fear and needed assistance. Many times we used our false pride and huge egos as a form of bravery when really we were actually scared. Just because you are afraid, does not mean you can’t walk through that fear.
How many times have we given up because it was just too hard, too scary, or too stressful? Yet, we told people how nothing bothered us. How many times did we pretend to be another kind of person just to please others? How many times did we lie, cheat, and steal so we could survive? None of these things made us brave; they really just made us weak. We tired easily, people left us, places wouldn’t accept us, and we found ourselves a lone many times over. We were considered weak willed and we didn’t know how to change. All of sudden we try to get clean and sober and found that most people didn’t like us or didn’t want to deal with us. Instead of being brave and walking through that fear into recovery, we gave up and we started feeling sorry for ourselves, never looking at our part.
Recovery is a Journey for the Courageous
To be brave does not mean you are not afraid, it means you are afraid but willing to walk through it anyway. To come into recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism is one of the bravest things an addict/alcoholic can do and to stay in recovery speaks to that bravery. No matter what struggles you are going through, have gone through, or are about to go through, someone else in recovery has been there. We have the gift of the fellowship where we can support one another through difficult and trying times. Helping others and walking through our fears enables us to be brave. Don’t let fear stop you from living a happy, joyous, and free life. You will never know how amazing your life could be if you give up and give into that fear. Time takes time and a little bit of patience, honesty, and willingness will go a long way.
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