GOING DOWN?

Posted: October 12, 2013 in Perseverance
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We all know sliding down a slide is easy. All we have to do is lay there and enjoy the ride.

Sledding, Skiing down a hill. Riding on a roller coaster. Jumping out of an airplane; I haven’t tried that yet and I probably never will, takes no effort. I mean, it takes guts, a lot of guts! But the fall is just gravity pulling you down to your destination. There is no effort in falling. And most of the time it’s fun going down. Usually anything that takes no or little effort is fun.

And it is fun using and getting high. It’s fun feeling good and laughing about absolutely useless things when our minds are altered. However, as high as we think we are, we are slowly going down. We think we are having a good time but we are getting pulled down every time we use. Pulled down to a destination of depression. A destination of addiction. A destination unknown.

Using drugs may be a one time event. It may be a phase you’re going through. It may be the life changing catastrophe you and your family were not expecting. Some of us try it and move on. Some of us get hooked. Some of us overdose and never come back from it.

Are you looking to see what happens? Just want to ‘test the waters’ and see which way your life goes? See if you can have ‘some fun’ for a little while and return back with no consequences? It’s an extremely dangerous road. Talk about playing with fire. It may seem fun but it is a downward spiral to death.

So why all this common sense talk? Well, everyone knows all this. Everyone knows that drugs are fun. That drugs are potentially dangerous. We all know going down takes little to no effort.

When we are living in addiction, we put so much effort into scheming and getting our fix we don’t even realize it. The amount of time and thought that goes into planning and pleasing our hunger for our fix is crazy. It’s a constant, vicious cycle no one would ever dream of being involved in. But it does happen. Very often too.

Coming out of addiction takes a lot of effort, but not as much as you would think. If we used HALF of the effort we used in our addictive state; hustling, scheming, stealing… that “what ever it takes” attitude, we would come to a productive conclusion very quickly. The question is do you want to. Whether or not you want to, you know you have to. Especially when you’re messing around with drugs that can kill you.

Climbing a ladder takes effort. Going up stairs takes effort. Mountain climbing takes effort. Going up, against gravity, takes work. It takes strength, power and perseverance. Perseverance as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is the ‘continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition’.

Is persevering easy? Not really. Is climbing easy? Is fighting pressure, peer pressure, gravity and the weight of opposition easy? Ever put 50 lbs. on your back and try to climb a ladder? You may be able to do it but my point is every step you take will be an important one. Every step up will be a persevering step.

Going down is simple and easy. Coming back up takes perseverance and strength. It takes time. Thinking. Involvement. Surround yourself with meetings, people and places that will help make your climb a little easier. Persevere. It takes CONTINUED EFFORT and may be DIFFICULT but you can get through it. Doing it with people that have a common bond of growing in their recovery will make you stronger!

Rise up against the flow. Get away from your so called ‘friends’ that are using. If your friends are lost too, find some friends who are found! Find strong friends that will hold you accountable and will be there for you when times get tough. Friends that will talk with you and not judge you. A true friend will give you constructive advice and will be a good example. Grow in Wisdom and start making the right decisions today!

Persevere. Become the Difference!

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