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Making Friends with the Seasons of Our Recovery and Life

Posted Jun 18 2013 11:00am

It is a rare person who can see the forest AND the trees....all at the same time. We tend to treat each moment as an "all or nothing", black or white statement about where we are now....and where we will always be. This is why recovery often seems so hard....or, if we are being honest, practically impossible.

In the movie Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring , we see the seasons of life slowly but surely leading towards a young man's transformation. We feel that hope for him - we see the love his teacher/mentor has for him, the compassion, the dedication - and we, like his teacher, believe for him before he can believe for himself.

Can we also begin to do the same for ourselves?

Can we take a step back, see today as a season only, for a reason only, and and have that hope? How does it hurt our recovery progress to be unable to have patience with the process of our own recovery? How can we, today, begin to apply the understanding that "courage is fear that has said its prayers" and embrace each season for all that it is, and then, when it is time, let it go in favor of bigger - and better - evolution yet to come?

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