"A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation, and achievement is stored" - Anonymous
“The sun will come out tomorrow,” sang little Orphan Annie in the movie of the same name. And that is very true. However, perhaps it might rain. How about snow? No, Annie was not an amateur weather forecaster rather she was saying that things might be bad today but tomorrow they will get better.
Similarly, we often believe that putting off something for tomorrow that we should do today will make the project easier or better. Perhaps even more sunny! Generally, this is just not the case.
Recovery teaches us to care for ourselves now. We can’t wait to stay sober. We can’t wait to recover. To wait can often mean to overdose. To wait can mean to die. To be arrested. To be institutionalized. If that’s the case, it won’t be a sunny day for sure regardless of whether the sun comes out or not!
Today is the real land where 100% of human productivity, motivation, and achievement can be available if we choose to embrace it. There is no greater productivity, motivation, or achievement than that which involves recovery from substance abuse.
Please do not put off for tomorrow what you can absolutely do today!
- Chris Newcomb, M.Div.