“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.“ – Mary Kay Ash
We have all heard it said, winning isn’t everything it is the only thing. Well I would not go so far as to say that. I would say however, happiness and joy are right at the top of the list. My favorite verse in the Bible is Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true there is life and joy! King David knew something about happiness. Life is here for us all, we have two choices make the most of it or simply endure it. Most people without knowing it will endure it. Kevin is working on a series of blogs that he calls relapse prevention. It will be an outstanding series because for the newcomer there are some warning signs out there that we need to be aware of.
However, in recovery if we are living life to the fullest, if we are doing the things that bring us joy relapse is just a word. As you know we do have the religious right that reads this blog so let me explain a bit. We are not suggesting a free for all. If it feels good do it! No we are talking about inner peace and joy. There is nothing wrong with desiring to attain worldly things like a nicer car or house or other things. As long as we are not overly obsessed in a way that gets us to lose our focus on the important things. I must admit I have been there and paid the price for it, however, what we are suggesting is a transformation in the way we think. We focus on the good life has to offer. We recognize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
We start to realize that the things we thought were fun, you know “behaviors that are out of line with spirituality” — i.e. “sin” are not the things that bring us joy any way. Joy is an inside job with outside benefits!
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