When life gets harder, challenge yourself to be stronger.
Being stuck in a rut, whether that rut is addiction or some other aspect of life, is an indication that rather than facing and overcoming life’s challenges, we’re avoiding them. When we see an obstacle, we’re turning away from it and looking for an easier, softer way. And where does that get us? Deeper in the rut, that’s where. If we want to get out of a rut, we must challenge ourselves. We must take ourselves out of our comfort zone and do something completely different. For some of us, this means walking into a 12-step meeting for the first time. For others, it’s going back to school, or training for an endurance race, or whatever. As Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says, “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times. The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” That is what recovery is all about.
Task for Today
Identify a challenge you’ve been avoiding and take at least one step toward overcoming it.