What is important to me in recovery? So many things, but if there was an umbrella over it, it would be Principle Based Living. For me, Principle Based Living (PBL) is a broad stroke that touches on every aspect of my life - the way I treat others, my level of humility, honesty, forgiveness, etc., etc., etc.
I don’t put too much stock in how I handle myself when times are all peaches and rainbows. It's how I conduct myself after I did something that fucked something up. Am I able to practice PBL and own my mistakes and clean that shit up? Can I maintain my faith and disciplines when enduring difficult times? At what level? Am I willing to look at my shit when every fiber in my being wants to blame someone or something? Yeah? Well what does that look like?
Well, it depends on the day and/or circumstance. But it's important for me to be consistent. Can I keep putting one foot in front of the other no matter what? Sometimes I run in a state of pure bliss and sometimes I feel like I'm trudging through the deepest realm of hell. Regardless, t's important for me to keep going. When I slip and take two steps back, I don’t fucking quit. I take another step forward. Through all the inconsistencies, stay consistent.
This shit is a design for living that works in rough going.
Originally published on deepwatersrecovery.com