Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he often disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A New Story

"At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end."  Christine Mason Miller.

A client who failed a drug test at work is quite anxious while at my office for an evaluation.

Among his concerns is that he won't be able to continue his career. He doesn't believe he'll be able to afford the time he’ll be off the job before he's cleared to return.

"I might as well forget my career," he laments. "I'll just have to start over doing something else."

I suggest that he shouldn't project into the future. After all, he hasn't even started the process and he's already seeing his life in ruins.

As the saying above points out we have the power to decide how our story will end.

We can write out a sad tale of failure, visualizing ourselves on the scrap pile of life. Or we can be the hero of a success story where we get everything we need - and more.

If we've written a narrative in our heads that says we can't stay sober, we can change it. We can write a new tale that that features us in long term recovery. And enjoying the benefits and freedom of a sober existence.

If your life's not going well, create a new story. And let it have a happy ending.

After all, aren't you the author of your life?

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