Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Be Different: Blaze a Trail!


Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

As a kid, I loved the stories of Stan and Jan Berenstein known as "The Berenstein Bears" (RIP Stan and Jan, and thanks!).  As a matter of fact, the first book I ever read was one of their books.  It holds a special place in my heart.  I read incredibly deep things now.  I should...I'm 39!

In the book pictured above, the Berenstein Bears go on a trip through the woods with Papa Bear.  They experience all kinds of adventures through out the tale.  The young bears started out trying to blaze their own trail but Papa Bear ended up going with them.  It was good he did to show them the way.  Still, we have to give the little guys credit for trying something new on their own!

Have you ever blazed a trail in your life?  It could be a new career.  It could be a new relationship.  It could be sobriety from drugs and alcohol.  If it is the latter, you are a trail blazer indeed.  

I tell clients all the time that the easiest thing to do is continue using drugs and alcohol.  "Everyone is doing it.  Why not fit in?  Why try to live a life based on good morals and good health?  To hell with health and freedom, I wanna destroy myself!"  These are the attitudes the drug and alcohol culture holds in high regards.  In the sober world, we laugh at such nonsense.  Now, let me be clear, we don't laugh at the people caught in the scourge of addiction rather we laugh at the mindset that addiction causes that is so illogical.  It's not a trail blazing mindset.  It so run-of-the-mill it is sad!

Life is beautiful.  This much we know, there will always be good and bad times.  There will always be a call to join the status quo as well as a call to live a life that is different from the pack.  I invite you to blaze a trail right where you are whether it be into sobriety and recovery or some other life-giving, self-growth affirming direction.  You won't regret the new trail at all! 

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We love helping trail blazers like you get help along the way.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  Help, hope and healing begin here!

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