“in recovery, we have to lean into our nature to stand straight”

Outstanding post from Mark Goodson at The MIRACLE of the MUNDANE on simply putting the clean and sober life into some much-needed perspective. I’m sure I probably shouldn’t quote so much at length here, but this is majorly good stuff from one of my favorite sites.

Knowing we suffer from the slouch of addiction and alcoholism is only the beginning. If we don’t correct our posture, we continue to suffer . . . Because it is in our nature to love the effects produced by drugs and alcohol, we must do radically foreign things to stay clean and sober.

. . . Recovery is a clean start, a new beginning. I’ve been leaning toward the light ever since, growing the way those trees grow when only one side stretches at length toward the sun. The other side of me is still there. I just don’t give it as much nourishment anymore.

Mark also realizes that life’s terms confronting his family and him are best dealt with with deliberate intentions. I find this… rather reassuring, since Joy and I stopped watching television quite a few years ago. I’m just like that after all these years.

Go read the whole thing. There’s a significant lesson there.

Note: major endorsement for Elevation Burgers.

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I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best songwriter of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant, With that being said, I believe there is a profound difference between knowledge and wisdom. I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better. Finally, I believe I am in long-term recovery from a number of deeply rooted issues that supported and drove the various addictions in my life.