Relapse is a genuine concern for those in recovery, but do you live in a state of fearful anticipation because of it? Are you always fixating on the “what if” or the “unless”, “until”, and “when”? Is this really living or is this allowing fear to be your guide?
Do you truly believe that life can be what you want it to be? Why is it so hard to be positive? Living in a culture of fear is a difficult thing and with the advent of technology it spreads faster then ever. But what if you could change the way you think? Can we really become masters of our own fate?
Many in recovery are faced with these thoughts and the deeper questions of the spirit. There are no easy answers; science and religion will never really answer the truly important questions in your life only you can. Though fear has the power to hold you back it also has the power to propel you forward. Your addictions are the framework for your life in many respects; learning to overcome them may be the catalyst to something far greater than you could possibly imagine. By leaving those behaviors behind you are free to reinvent yourself however you see fit, you may be surprised who you become. Who knows maybe living a purposeful life on your own terms may lead to you becoming a rock star, the next greatest chef, a best selling author, or simply a happy more productive you.
In the end dealing with fear is like many things in life, it is all in how you choose to view it. The important thing to remember is that you can choose. Choose to be happy and content right now and focus on what you most want out of life. All though there are all manner of negative things that could happen there are an equal of number of positive things that will happen living a clean and sober life. As you move forward in pursuit of your life you will gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... we all must find the courage to do the very thing which we think we cannot. The only thing to fear…