Respond vs React

by Daniel · 0 comments

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”  – George Horace Lorimer

Life is worth enjoying every minute of every day.  Of course that does not mean that we will not face adversity.  In fact quite the opposite.  We will be confronted with challenges however as part of the recovered life we respond to those challenges and not react!   In 1980 I  met an old timer in prison they called him Pop, very old in fact, he was in his forties.  He had been in prison for more than half of his life.  He had been in the Attica riot at the Attica Correctional Facility in NY.

One of the lessons I learned from him was to remain calm in every situation and do not react.   You must always be aware of what is going on around you and never react, always respond.  If you stay aware and responsive you will make the right choices.  The people that react to their environment get hurt or dead!  I have used this advice throughout my life, I have been in some extremely stressful and chaotic situations.  I have been fortunate in that I have been able to get through the situations without negative consequences.

Having a sponsor or mentor is helpful especially in early recovery.  We have the knowledge that if something goes wrong we have someone that has been there and done that to walk us through the challenge.  Life is so good today when we respond correctly.  Take the time to build a solid relationship with a mentor so that your only reaction is to pick up the phone!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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