Sometimes I just want to be perfect. Everyday has to be just amazing to be worth anything.
Who can relate?
I have a tendency to compare things to each other that have no business being compared.
An example of this is how I feel at the end of each day. How do I quantify that? What makes one day better then another? Does this really mean anything to me? Are my days off better then the days that I work?
I have great days off and I have some amazing co-workers that I love spending time with, so that’s not it. Some days I go to yoga and then there are some days that I don’t have time to go. I wish that I could go everyday because it always makes me feel better. It makes me feel more in touch with my mind and body. It’s good work for me.
That Outside Voice
There’s an annoying voice in my head that tells me I have to be better every day. If I’m not, the voice says, then my day is a failure.
Thank God that I have the tools to know that this voice is full of it. It’s an outside voice. It’s not me.
I know that it’s all about progressing forward and that there are going to be days that I may take a step or two back – and that is okay. My life is built around progress, not perfection. I use that everyday because it reminds me that I’m not perfect and that’s not the goal.
I’m sober today and that’s a miracle. I’mm an amazing expression of life that was almost completely extinguished a little over five years ago. Every day is a bonus.
Progress. Not perfection.
Amen to that.
I leave you with this quote from Martha Graham:
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”
Progress Not Perfection
When you strive for progress in rehab, instead of perfection, you can truly focus on your recovery without the need to make drastic changes immediately. In recovery, you must have a commitment unlike any other. This process will take patience. You will not recover completely overnight. In fact, it’s a lifelong journey toward overall wellness that includes sobriety.
At Beacon House in Pacific Grove, California, we offer a wide range of therapies to assist you. For example, these therapies include:
- Individual therapy and group therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Nutrition education and counseling
Progress not perfection is the staple of any good addiction rehab program. Therefore, it’s important to take each day as a step forward. To learn more about the Beacon House Addiction Treatment Approach, contact us now at 1 (831) 372-4366.