“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
– Anne Lamott
I have said this before but my favorite Bible verse comes from the book of Proverbs, chapter 13 verse 12 it says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick but when dreams come true there is life and joy”! (NLT). Hope is all we have in the recovered life. Hope for today and tomorrow. Living a healthy, prosperous, clean and sober life for those of us afflicted with “The Creature” takes focusing on our hope. The alcoholic and or the addict often has the propensity to see life as difficult, negative, and hopeless. Yet as we recover we realize that life is good, positive and hopeful.
When we allow hope to live in our hearts, minds and soul we live a joyful life. Having a hopeful heart keeps us focused on the good life has to offer. When we focus on the troubles and challenges we are allowing ourselves to go to the place of negativity. Negativity will only lead us to one place, down and out. Have you ever pushed yourself physically to the brink of exhaustion, maybe lifting weights or running a marathon? Most of us get to a point that we will quit, we succumb to the pain and we quit. Well when we go at it alone we will quit much earlier than when we do it with a partner or a coach. Why? Because our coach is cheering us on and pushing us to keep striving towards the goal. In the same way we need to keep hope alive. Hope is our coach it is the fuel that keeps us going when we want to quit. Keep hope alive!
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