The Road…

by Daniel · 2 comments

“There is no more important step you can take than to define your life’s purpose. It develops your sense of belonging to our universe.” — Arnold Patent

Sustainable Recovery that leads to a life of Vitality comes from living our lives with purpose and drive. As an active alcoholic or addict we are often apathetic about life. Personally I was confused, angry, misdirected, and had a view of life that was so negatively skewed that it is a wonder anyone liked me. Internally I felt like a fraud. In order to move from apathy to passion we need to have a defined purpose in our lives.

I would love to say that I was aware of this early on in my recovered life, I was not. I was more of a chaser. I was watching for the first time “Marley and Me” yesterday. Besides the story line of the life cycle of Marley, I saw a story line of a man in his pursuit for meaning. As he approached “40”, the family expanding and the pressure mounting — his wife in frustration says to him, “you are wandering that is all you do is wander and wonder, you just keep chasing the next thing” (paraphrased).

I must admit, if it wasn’t a movie I would have thought she was talking to me! Truthfully, I believe she was talking to us all. The point is this, we may waffle at times, we may lose focus at times, but we need to find and follow our passion. We all have natural talents and the drive to find meaning in our lives. When we veer off course, refocus and begin to trudge the road back to our goal of happy destiny! Life is good!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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william hay April 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Dear Dan,
NEVER GIVE UP! This comes to mind when reading your words of wisdom. I found myself losing the fight the few weeks, not due to any external circamstances. It was my thinking within myself that began to beat me down. As I walked through a very dark tunnel created by my will, not Gods, less meetings, not praying and meditating everday, and not searching for work, lead me to running quite low within my Hope tank. The great news is, I did not drink! And was able to get back to the light and focus on what I must do every day to receive that amazing gift, a daily repreive from the isms of my addiction. A still had a choice to go back to that which worked. Those rituals that keep my hope alive and my thinking straight! If I would have picked up, all choice would have been left to the bottle. As a matter of fact, not once did I comtemplate drinking, however, that day would have come if I did not get honest and make the right choice in doing all I can in recovery to move forward! God Bless the honesty to know when I am veering off the path of sanity. Well, now I am off to make a meeting, after my prayers and meditation and reading a few pages of one of your books to inspire!! Life is GOOOOOOOD! Love ya Dan, william

Daniel April 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

Life is full of challenges, some we go through like a trooper others we go through kicking and screaming, we learn from both! Life is good…

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