“Life is a journey, not a destination.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson
In recovery from drugs or alcohol, there are no winners. Before you disagree what I just said, I invite you to listen to the rest. We hear all the time “stick with the winners” and what that statement really means is “stick with the people who are staying sober and living by principles.” Like many other words or slogans, they tend to get skewed or misinterpreted after some time. If you made it into recovery, welcome, you are not a winner; you are however a miracle, but there is more to recovery than just not using or getting drunk.
Stick With The Winners
There is no finish line when it comes to recovery, so how can anyone win at this? Living a life without the use of drugs or alcohol and growing as a person takes a daily practice. Practice means that you will always try to strive for perfection but you know you may fall short. You will always be in practice and never complete recovery because of this statement. This is not a bad thing, this means you are human and this is a means you will always have the opportunity to grow, just like the rest of the world (addicts/alcoholics or not.)
Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at this another way. Yoga is a practice that is physical, mental, and spiritual; you will never “win” at yoga because of this fact. Even the most talented yoga practitioners are always just in practice with this art. The other side of this is that if you “win” at yoga or recovery, that means there is no room to grow, essentially, you are done. If you are done with recovery, you either deceased or on your way to a relapse.
So you see there are no true winners in recovery, just those who practice at it. Also, if you are offended, don’t worry; there is no right or wrong here really. Life is also about perception and what may work for me, may not work for you. If you feel there are winners, then that’s your perception and there are winners. I just wanted to invite you to another way of thinking in case you found that the “winner” term didn’t sit right with you. All and all the end result is that recovery is a journey, and not just a destination, we live it!
Written By: Watershed AshlingTags: 12Steps, faith, Higher Power, keep calm, motivational monday meditation, Recovery, Watershed Ashling