Sometimes I just want to be perfect. Everyday has to be just amazing to be worth anything… Right?
I have a tendency to compare things to each other that have no business relating to each other. An example of this is how I feel at the end of each day, but how I quantify it is the real issue. What makes one day better then another? Does this really mean anything to me? Are my days off better then the days that I am scheduled to work?
I have great days off and I have some amazing co-workers that I love spending time with, so that’s not it. Somedays I go to yoga and then there are Somedays 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.
The outside voice in my head is not me. It’s not my consciousness speaking to me. Most of the time I think of it as the annoying roommate that I really am long overdue in kicking out of my house. This voice is telling me that I have to be better everyday and that if I am not then my day is a failure.
Thank God that I have the tools to know that this voice is full of it. 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 ok. My life is built around progress and not perfection. I use that everyday because it reminds me that I am not perfect and that’s not the goal.
I am sober today and that is a miracle. Moreover, I am an amazing expression that was almost completely extinguished a little over 5 years ago. Everyday is a bonus.
Progress… Not perfection. Amen to that.
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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 not perfection in rehab, 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 also take patience, as you will not recovery completely over night. In fact, it’s a lifelong journey in sobriety and overall wellness.
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 866.416.3873.