Working through addiction is like embarking on a marathon. Pacing plays a significant role in determining whether or not a race can be completed. It also plays a part in determining the state of the athlete at the end of the race.
Those who run marathons will tell you that it is important to be in the moment and to not get ahead of oneself. Neither is it beneficial to abide in the past. Dreams of the future can evoke feelings of anxiety. Memories of the past can evoke feelings of sadness. And when running a long race, one’s energy needs to be used wisely. Negative emotions like sadness and anxiety drain one’s energy. With depleted energy and a mind full of negative thoughts, it will be difficult to finish the race.
And so, learning to work through addictive patterns is like a long journey broken up by mile markers. There will be points where you are coasting downhill and points where you are working your way up the steepest and seemingly most unending mountain possible. The most effective manner of completing a long journey is by putting one foot in front of the other; using one’s mental and emotional resources to complete each step of the journey to the best of one’s ability.
There is a journey ahead that only you can take, and you have to make a choice.
You can choose to take the journey or to not take the journey. But if you decide to take the journey and only partially commit, you may find yourself deserted and in the middle of nowhere.
Take the journey and do your best to complete it well. Surround yourself with the right people. Keep your mind focused. Connect with someone who will hold you accountable. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and do your best to not only complete the journey, but also to enjoy it.
Life is a gift. The journey may be trying at times, but it is still a gift.
Keep going. One foot in front of the other. Keep going…