Recover Like an Elephant Eats

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

An African bull elephant eats 660 pounds of food every single day. And he does it the same way you and I eat our food: one bite at a time. Because there’s no other way to go about it. The elephant needs that nourishment to survive, so he must do it. For him, it’s life or death. But he can’t just jam 660 pounds of vegetation into his mouth and swallow it in a single gulp. That won’t work. So he grabs a single bite of food, swings it into his mouth, chews, and swallows. And then he does it again. And again and again and again until he’s eaten his fill. That’s a great lesson for recovering addicts. We can’t get well all at once. Instead, we chip away at success. So, instead of seeing ourselves where we are now and expecting to suddenly, magically be at our goal, we just take the next right step. And then we take the next next right step. Eventually, we get there.

Just for Today
I will stop trying to travel a thousand miles in a single step.