One of the most common character defects we have as alcoholics and addicts is our desire for immediate gratification. We want and demand everything RIGHT NOW! We tend to be very impatient people. We’re always in a hurry to get somewhere, even when we don’t know where we want to go. We want it fast, and we want it now!
It’s important to remember that sobriety is a journey, not a destination. In fact, all of life is a journey without any clear destination. All we have is today. We have to train ourselves to be calm and patient and enjoy each moment, even when every fibre in our body is screaming for an instant fix of some kind. We want everything yesterday and tomorrow’s too late.
One of the best books I have ever read is called “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I highly recommend it to anyone in recovery. It teaches, in a very clear and simple way, that our lives exist in the moment, and we should appreciate and enjoy each current experience without worrying about the past or the future.
This concept holds true in every part of your life, including your diet and health. It’s important to take your time and remember that the world won’t change in a single day. Learn to slow things down. Take it easy. The only thing that we can do is try to improve a little each day. Over time, the cumulative effects of our actions are what make the difference.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Nor will you rebuild your life in a day. Eat well. Exercise. Learn how to meditate. Go to 12-Step meetings. Hang out with family and friends you love and trust. Stay in the moment and let tomorrow arrive without worrying about the results of today’s actions. Take it easy and enjoy your life, right here, right now.
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