Monday, July 8th

"One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."

Drugs and alcohol always gave us instant gratification. We wanted what we wanted when we wanted it, and when push came to shove, we got it - and that was about the extent of our patience. With this way of thinking and acting, we learned that our next fit was never more than a drink or a drug away.

For years we were caught in an instant gratification trap - expecting to gain something from nothing. No wonder when we got sober we had nearly next to no patience!

The Process is More Rewardable Than The Results

In early sobriety, we began to learn the value of hard work, struggle, and looking back in hindsight, some of the greatest moments we've had were built on the struggle, mistakes, pain, and fear. Looking back, once our goals were accomplished, we look at them as some of the joyous things we've ever done, misty-eyed and emotional.

The process is more rewardable than the results. Completing a marathon makes us happier than eating cake. "Raising a child makes us happier than beating a video game. Starting a small business while struggling to make ends meet makes us happier then buying a new computer."

And staying getting sober makes us happier than what we thought made us happy with drugs in alcohol.


Today I will look back at my struggles and recognize all I've gained.