Pushing Through

Image: faithoncampus.com

Image: faithoncampus.com

Once we realize that we are powerless and cannot get through sobriety (or anything for that matter) without a higher power, we are now in the position of knowing what to do.  There is a saying (and I am ad-libbing here): “Once you know, you can never not know.”

This picture above is also a magnet.  I saw it at Barnes & Noble one day and snatched it up.  It is on my refrigerator as a stark reminder to do just what it says. And I live by this rule in a selective way.

I’ll explain.

There are times, of course, when we need to give up.  If my car isn’t starting and I am about to crank it for the umpteenth time, I need to give up.  When drinking and drugging are leaving you feeling beaten down repeatedly.  Because doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insane.

Ya hear what I’m sayin’?

If you or someone you know is struggling with staying away from a drink or a drug (or any other addiction) the most important thing to remember is “just don’t pick up.”  Because picking up is giving up.  Picking up is giving up on your sobriety, giving up on yourself, giving up on the potential that you have!

This is something I think about from time to time. Of course, being an alcoholic, a drink will flutter across my mind like some deranged, chaotic butterfly.  It is a fleeting thought and it flutters out as fast as it entered.  Behind the thought of a drink comes all the memories of the insanity I called life at one point.  That is what keeps it green for me.  Going back to the life of hell I once lived would be insane.

Here are some ways to push through:

  • get to a meeting.
  • call someone.
  • go for a walk.
  • write.
  • listen to music.
  • pray.
  • draw.

How have you pushed through?

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Comments

  1. Joanna Aislinn says:

    Think I’m really going to love this month, Darlene. Your posts are excellent–your perspective insightful and inspiring. Keep ‘em comin’ :)

  2. Hey Darlene! thanks for the message…. I am reading blogs this morning instead of doing what i should grading, planning, and life…. I suppoose blogging is sort of like a drug? I am glad to see you back in the saddle and writing. keep at it, you’re good. I got a bookmark as a Christmas gift this year with the quote on it… I should read the bookmark before AND after I read….

    • Hey Clay! Blogging can be a drug of sorts for some I suppose.. ;) Thanks much for the props… It is a great quote.. and how fun to have a new bookmark? Just makes reading that much more fun. Have a great day, Clay!

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