“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor
As the holidays approach, many of us in recovery may let ourselves get carried away in the rush of the season. If we take the time to stop and slow down, we may actually find that we have the ability to have peace among the chaos. We may even enjoy the holidays, too.
So how does one slow down during the holidays? It’s simple, stop trying to control everything and apply the same principles to your life as you do your recovery. When we are in fit spiritual condition, we are amazed at all the things we are capable of doing, like being calm during the storm. Being spiritually fit doesn’t mean that your life is peaceful; it just means that you have peace of mind even when everything around you is upside down.
Most of us rushed through our lives high, drunk, and/or angry/numb, so it’s no shock that we would want to rush through the season if it’s too difficult for us, but it may also stunt our growth. Each experience – good and bad – has the ability to make our lives that much more rich and if we rob ourselves of these experiences (like rushing through the holidays) we may miss an important piece to the puzzle. We may miss out on our own happiness, or worst, regret our past. Now that we are clean and sober, we have the ability to be present and show up today in our family and friends lives, why would you want to miss that again? But how we show up is equally as important as just being there.
Take time to slow down this season and double check where you are emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. If you are always angry, selfish, anxious, or sad, you may want to dive that much more into your program of recovery. Your loved ones would like to spend time with you and if you are acting out in these bad behaviors you may make the season even more unbearable for you and others. You might just be amazed at how happy the holidays can be if you show up with a great attitude followed by positive actions. So, if you find yourself rushing and getting frustrated, stop, and slow down. You can always start your day over.
Written By: Watershed AshlingTags: keep calm, motivational monday meditation, Watershed Ashling