I recently read a very insightful and short article about “Rewarding Recovery” by Jill Cox. What I loved about this article was how Jill challenged people to recognize that change requires letting go. Not only letting go of what we need to let of; but, the willingness to let go of everything because of the nature in which certain parts of our life is connected to the others.
You don’t recover from an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life. You don’t have to change everything in your life. But there are a few things that can continue to get you into trouble until you let them go.the power of change in recovery.
While this sentiment is quite true with an addict, it really reflects a challenge to anyone desiring to change something in their lives that adversely impacts them. We cannot create or facilitate a monumental change in our life by protecting and holding on to those things that make us safe, secure, or comfortable. We have no idea the connectivity or dependency of those aspects of our life we dislike to those we may enjoy or prefer.
Our willingness to let go of everything to explore the possibilities in anything is when true, monumental, and incredible change occurs. As you examine those aspects of your life that are causing you turmoil, pain, or facilitates failure, open your heart, your eyes, and your mind to the possibilities of changing or altering other components in your life that may be participating or supporting the problem.