Thursday, December 27, 2012

Soar Like an Eagle


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

"There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud." - Carl Sandburg

Isn't that how life is sometimes?  It's a paradox.  We want something but then we're not sure once we get it that we really wanted it in the first place.  Torn between polar opposites, we often find it hard to know which way to go.  This is especially true with our thoughts.  

Are you an eagle or a hippopotamus?  Do you fly high in the skies of positivity of sink low in the mud holes of negativity?  Or do you vacillate between the two?  

If you're like most of us, you vacillate between the two:  happy one minute and grumpy the next.  Consistency in thought and emotion is a difficult practice but it can be done.  And it has far reaching effects in your sobriety.

You can choose to be happy.  I know it's a revolutionary thought but it is true.  If you learn to pay attention to what you're thinking, you can choose to be happy.  Likewise, you can choose to be grumpy, irritate, angry, bored, and a host of other negative emotions.  Again, are you an eagle or a hippopotamus?  Is it blue skies or mud holes?

Your sobriety will grow leaps and bounds when you put your mind to it.  At the start of the day, I challenge you to choose to be an eagle in your mind flying high in the heavens of positivity sweeping on the wind of goodness and gliding through the sunbeams of joy as you survey the beauty and blessings in your life.  Remember it is a choice.  Besides, mud holes stink and aren't visually pleasing.  Being an eagle is the obvious choice!!!

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We love to see the smile on our patients faces when they are clean and sober!  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). 

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