“Mastery does not come from dabbling. We have to be prepared to pay the price. We need to have the sustained enthusiasm that motivates us to give our best.”
— Eknath Easwaran
In order to overcome any obstacle and addiction is an obstacle in living a successful life, we must recognize that there is a price to pay. There is work to be done. My friend John always said, “If it’s easy, it’s sleazy!” The Big Book says, “these are the steps we took”‘ this signifies ACTION! We have to do the work. In my opinion we will only do the work if we know:
A) It is worth it.
B) We can do it.
Lets start with B. Can we do it? If it has been done before by someone in our shoes then it makes sense that it can be done again, by us! When Roger Bannister ran the sub-four minute mile on May 6, 1954 no one had ever accomplished this feat. That record lasted 46 days, so something that had never happened until 1954, 46 days later was beat! Since then it is done regularly. Belief that you can do it is essential, as Yogi Berra said, “You Gotta Believe!” Finally, is it worth it? The founders of AA and essentially the recovery movement knew from first hand experience that yes, it is worth it. So they made sure to document the success in the book, “Alcoholics Anonymous.” On page 83 and 84 they cited what is now termed, “The Promises”, we will know a new freedom…
So yes, it is worth it and yes you can do it, so DO IT! One day at a time, life gets better and better!
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