Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation #essentialsofrecovery

SUICIDE


“Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.”

– Conte Vittorio Alfieri

There are many ways of committing suicide. The obvious way is to take your life — the ultimate escape. One can reach that point in life when there seems no hope, no purpose in living and death is attractive. Many alcoholics and addicts reach this point of despair.

However, there is a more subtle way of “suicide”, which is to kill yourself slowly — by a sick behavior and a negative attitude. I was “dying” in a lifestyle that revolved around alcohol. All I wanted to do was drink — I didn’t want to go anywhere, be with anyone or enjoy the thousand and one pleasures that life offers. I was dying in my life. I was becoming a “walking zombie”. I was committing suicide by degrees!

Today I can see this and I am glad I had the courage to live. My act of courage began with my “no” to alcohol.
Let me continue to live in my life.
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