Addiction pertains to all of us. Though the problem may not be substances or compulsions, the condition of addiction is universal and we all experience it to some degree. Every time we turn away from what is true, what is good, what is just, what is virtuous- we take another “hit” in favor of what seems gratifying. While it may seem harmless-to look away or evade your responsibility-it erodes the soul and gradually removes us from our nature of loving, caring, feeling, uniting, connecting, etc. Being unable to face the reality that we are living in contrary to our nature, we continue to turn away, drifting further into pleasures and distractions until anxiety, or depression, or crisis signals us to take action. Recovery is a return to the fundamental aspects of being a person… it is the state of answering life’s questions with action of what is good for the world and what is my responsibility in this given moment. Recovery limits or all together turns away from distractions and pleasures that get in the way of this responsibility.
All things fall apart. And all things can fall into place. It all changes when we wake up, when we recognize our reality is happening to us and that this reality must be lived out responsibly. “It’s a game, a joke, a role” we may say, but the game (life) continues. Our happiness is not determined by manipulating the order of the game, our happiness is determined by our level of awareness and harmony we align with its laws. Your role in the game may be one of success or one of lack, but spite of that, your existence validates you are an essential player. You have been welcomed into the game with a key role to play. Your awareness of this fact helps you strategize and play the game more effectively. A realization dawns on us: the game is ours and everything in it is happening for us. Reality- the game- is much sweeter when we have finally awakened to it.
If you’re lucky you’ve hit bottom more than once. On each occasion you’ve called out to something Greater than yourself. Perhaps out of desperation, you eagerly pleaded to a G_d you didn’t believe in. Each time you were rescued… and because of this an unquenchable love flourished for the One that saved you. And you became zealous- so zealous that today you bear no resemblance of the old self.