I’m going to try starting some New Stuff. I want to re-boot my life, in a sense. Starting with my recovery.
I decided to finish a book I began a while ago, The Tao of Sobriety.
I picked up where I left off (which is Chapter 2). One paragraph jumped out at me right away:
Some people successfully give up drugs without becoming particularly enlightened. They end up sober but somber! From our perspective they have only handled half the problem. The goal of the scheme we propose is to create positive effects that spread, creating satisfaction and appropriateness in all areas of life: self, family, physical health, finances, work, play, and community. Denying or avoiding pain and discomfort is not the same as gaining mastery over it or becoming light about life. Denial and avoidance can be side effects of drug use; enlightenment is the opposite end of the spectrum.
This is still a huge issue for me; I’m creeping up on ten years “sober but somber.”
I want very much to lighten up.