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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Facing Emotions

Some of us let our emotions push us around. Like a ship at sea, we let ourself get pushed this way and that. Never at ease. Never comfortable with ourselves.

And for many of us the solution is to drink. Or smoke something. Swallow a pill. Do something to at least take temporary charge of how we feel. We get it inside of us - then we're back in power. We're okay for a minute.

But what if we tried a different approach? What if, just once, we stood up to our feelings? So what if we're sad? Or angry? Or depressed?

What's the worst thing that can happen? For a while we may suffer being upset or down on ourselves.

Looking at our feelings as something temporary or passing takes away their power. I guarantee that in five minutes of reading this line you'll feel different. Maybe better, maybe worse. But definitely different.

Our emotions can be like roller coasters taking us on wild rides. Or they can be like lounging on a raft on a quiet forest lake. But good or bad - I promise you they'll change.

Learn to embrace them. Learn to love them. Then they'll be easier to live with.