Turning challenges into championships…

by Daniel · 1 comment

“Never let life’s hardships disturb you…no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.”
– Nichiren Daishonin

Somehow early on in my life of recovery I began to think that if I was sober I somehow would avoid or totally eliminate problems in my life.  I felt that if I was clean and sober the result should be total freedom from difficulty!  As a matter of fact I used that presumption to relapse in the early years.  I would blame my difficulties on God and say things like, “if this is what recovery is like I might as well be drunk”!

Of course I had no sponsor, I did not do service work, I went to meetings on my own terms…  I had no idea what mutual support or the steps were all about.  I thought I put the effort in, but in reality I was running the show and I was clueless!

True recovery is living “life on life’s terms”.  Recognizing that life is filled with challenges.  Especially when we create challenges by our actions, which by the way, I was extremely good at!  Yet recovery allows us the opportunity to turn “challenges into championships”.  To turn it all into something good!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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