Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, (like that guy in my bathroom mirror), know one thing that a lot of other folks don’t know….their limit.
This knowledge doesn’t come about by divine intervention. It usually appears after the victim has been laid low, brought to their knees, and forced to fold their hands in despair.
They might spend years in an apologetic stupor, stripped of their families and loved ones, lose their standing in the business world and become a pariah in their community.
Socially, they may never recover.
But they still have that one advantage, the advantage of knowing their limit. They know. Deeply. Where’s the up side you say?
They know that when you introduce chemicals into the body, all bets can go off. They usually do, don’t they?
It’s also a huge distraction to put it mildly. Whether it keeps you in the rack in the morning, affects your studies, keeps you from shedding those unwanted pounds or getting ahead at work.
Maybe you made an uncomfortable remark at the company picnic?
It is cumulatively destructive. But it’s not enough to wake you up. Unless….
….you hit bottom. Your bottom. The cellar. Some folks get there early, some are lucky in a kind of sick sense. What about you?
You can lay around and wonder what the hell is going on, or you can climb out and get on with the life you were meant to have.
This ain’t a preach-a-thon, it’s a real issue.
You can get this nasty business out of the way now, because life is hard enough without an unnecessary handicap, or let it drag on. And on.
Some get it. Some don’t. The ones who don’t, will have enough other things going wrong in their life to blame it on.
But I’ll promise you this: Whatever road you take, whatever fields of endeavor you attempt, you will be better at it. Without your little helpers. Football player, bank robber or embezzler, you will be better at it.
Without drugs or alcohol.
If you seem to be in a state of foggy inertia, always avoiding big challenges, never feeling up to it, having lots of drama and conflicts, you feel like shit every morning, and you can’t put your finger on it, well, here, gimme your finger. 🙂
Know your limits. Always.