Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs
of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having
accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
~ Thomas A. Bennett ~
For the addict, alcoholic who has lived life based in immediate
gratification, self obsession & a complete lack of discipline this is probably
one of the most difficult aspects of the
Realizing that we are going to have to work at our recovery, that
periods of discomfort & dis-ease are inherently going to accompany our
growth & change is not a welcome revelation.
None the less, it is a truth that must be faced and overcome if we are
going to achieve a new state of awareness and being. Enduring the
accompanying pain of facing our demons and rectifying our past requires a
dedication & fortitude that is opposite of our customary behaviors.
Most of us have based our reactions to life’s circumstances on emotion,
rather than logical,
intelligent thought. We have allowed ourselves to be manipulated by
childish, immature dictates that have led from one calamity to the next.
The recovery process which leads to an eventual state of peace, balance
& serenity mandates that we adopt new & essentially foreign attitudes &
We are required to willingly endure the uneasiness of this radical
change without complaint, without seeking the easier softer way that is our
Developing the characteristics of a truly successful person & achieving
the state of balance that we have lacked is accomplished only through
the practice of single minded resolve.
It is essential that we recognize these truths enduring them with all
the fortitude & grace at
Instead of wallowing in the stagnant cesspool of self pity, bitterness,
anger,& remorse we must face our challenges with gratitude and
We must purposefully enter into the service of our fellows. Trusting
that within that service we will experience a birthing of freedom,
purpose & joy that we have not previously known.
We must do these things based in the faith that as we do so, we will
realize a new self, a new confidence, a new meaning & direction for our
We must do these things with a dedication & unwavering determination
that will not allow for any discouragement or setback to deter us from
our goal of being healthy, happy, positive contributors of light rather
than lepers scarring the world in
which we live. We must live in the solution, not the problem.
Let no circumstance, no affair of this world detract you from the
universal purpose of sharing your love.