1.5 Things About Recovery that are Dead Wrong

The life you have, the day in front of you. That is your recovery. Have at ‘er.

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Most days, I get it wrong.

No, I’m not being hard on myself. Just honest.

And you guessed it, you are wrong a lot too. No biggie.

Welcome to the HR: Human Race.

Recovery is not about ‘finding’ a life to live… as if you could ‘find’ a life like you could ‘find’ your keys under the cushions of our couch or in your coat pocket.

One of the things that we get wrong is that recovery is not about the drugs or the booze, or the sex or the shopping or the food. I’ve got this one wrong: Recovery is also not about ‘finding’ a life to live… as if you could ‘find’ a life like you could ‘find’ your keys under the cushions of our couch or in your coat pocket.

It really would be convenient if we could find a life in the couch or coat pockets, it would save a lot of time.

Well, the ‘finding a life’ idea is half right: Recovery IS about living. It is about living the life you have right now, the one under your feet. Today. The moments, each one. Yes, the sad ones. The shitty ones too.

Opening to these moments makes you and I more open when we can also feel real, feel alive and feel open.

Go ahead, get it wrong today.

I promise you, so will I. Let’s do it together.

Don’t worry, if you spend your day learning to live, that is a good day.

Keep it Real

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If you like this post, I invite you to check out some of my other writing:

In Recovery, What You Want to Stop is Not Really Important

The 10 Commandments of an Emotionally Healthy Recovery

It’s Time That We Talk a Little Bit About Anger

This is where I am supposed to write some serious stuff about myself. But in reality, I just hope that you enjoy what I write. I hope it makes you smile, makes you feel a little lighter and enjoy your life a little more. Nope, it’s not therapy, but I am sharing the good stuff… the stuff that helps me.

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Keep it Real

Photo by Paul Joseph


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