Motivational Meditation Monday: Keep Calm & Live Life
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley
As I grow in recovery I learn more about myself, my world, and my needs in this world. I love the New Year because it brings great promise and hope. It’s a chance to be reborn and let go of anything that could be holding me back from my own happiness.
Each year I try to do something new and different. After I celebrated 3 years I decided to quit smoking cigarettes and take action towards living a healthier lifestyle. As with any action, there is a reaction, and this one would change my sobriety and my life. Since I quit smoking, new opportunities were presented to me. I became very active in my health and saw that fitness was more than just diet and exercise, it was a lifestyle.
Just Trying To Stay Sober
For the first few years of my sobriety I was only focused on staying sober, but as I gathered more time, I realized that recovery gave me the chance to live life to the fullest. Just taking the small step towards being healthy spiraled into a lifestyle that has been filled with new friends, new hobbies, and lots of fun. I am finally living the life I was always meant to live before alcohol took over. I love that just staying sober wasn’t enough anymore, because it forced me to explore my passions even if I wasn’t sure what those were yet.
I also love that I needed to expand my interests and really participate in life without uncontrollable fears. See, as with many alcoholics, co-dependent behaviors were also a problem for me and it prevented me from getting to know the real me for the first few years of my sobriety. It was stopping me from participating and really living my life. Once I let go of bad relationships, my life was catapulted into a kind of happiness I only dreamed about. My relationship with my Higher Power, society, and myself had changed. This was when I found my true freedom in recovery.
Working a program of recovery has enabled me to not only live life without the use of drugs and alcohol, but also live life without the control my fears and other people. I am always learning and growing and if I gave up after the first week of being sober because I wasn’t happy, I would never have been so blessed to have had the joy and life I have had the opportunity to enjoy these past 5 years. Recovery is a process, and not just a destination.
What is your New Year’s resolution and what action are you willing to put in in order to accomplish it?
Written By: Watershed Ashling
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