Sunday, 9 July 2017

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation #essentialsofrecovery

PESSIMISM


“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.”

–Mark Twain

I meet so many young people who have “aged” because of their drug addiction. They have lost that “spark” of youth that is both creative and hopeful. They reveal in their eyes a “powerlessness” that keeps them prisoners of lethargy. They don’t want to do anything. They mumble rather than speak. They walk with no purpose: young zombies! Addiction breeds pessimism.

Recovery is realizing that life need not be like this. True joy and happiness comes with the experience of self, rather than the confused experiences of chemicals. Reality is facing the pain and problems in order to rediscover the dynamic spirituality of a drug-free life. The “yes” to life begins with the “no” to drugs. Happiness and confidence are discovered in the “yes” to life.

Let me see beyond the gloom to the promised sunrise of tomorrow.
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