Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Conquer Yourself!

By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Happy New Year!  I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year's celebration.  It is 2013 and a new year has arrived!  This is great news.  It is time to embrace change.  It is time to do what you know you've wanted to do for a long time now.  It is time to conquer yourself.  

The Dhammapada once said, "One may conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, yet he is the best who conquers himself."  Hard words.  Tough words.  True words.  

It is ourselves that we find the most troubling if we are honest.  If we humbly assess our thoughts and actions we usually can find them lacking to some degree.  It doesn't mean that we're awful people if we find this to be true.  What it means is that we have growth to accomplish.  Namely: we must conquer ourselves. 

How does one conquer ones self?  Very simply:  By choosing to surrender their right to run their lives.  That may seem counter intuitive but it's true.  The way up is down and the way to control is to let go.  

In this New Year, I challenge you to conquer yourself whatever that may look like for you.  Does it mean calling someone and asking for help?  Perhaps.  Does it mean making a verbal confession to someone you've hurt?  Could be.  You will have to decide that for yourself.  However, if you include humility as the main ingredient, you will make the right choices and you will conquer yourself so that you can take control of yourself and your future.  Best wishes to you in 2013 from The Coleman Institute!

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  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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