Friday, October 11, 2013

To Attempt is to be Brave!

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

My friend has a special needs child who participates in the Special Olympics.  She loves to play soccer.  One day my wife and I joined his family at a local school to watch her play.  What transpired was amazing to me!

There was a point in the game when the opposing team had a player who had the ball and was about to score a goal against my friend's daughter's team.  Their defenders tried unsuccessfully to take the ball away.  It came down to the final moment and the ball went into the goal.  Down the field, the opposing team jumped up and down and hooped and hollered in celebration.  What happened next blew my mind.  My friend's daughter's team, the one that just got scored on, began clapping and saying 'Good Job!' to the player from the other team who had just scored!

This made absolutely no sense to me.  Couldn't they see that he scored against them and they were supposed to mad, frustrated, and in need of a regrouping so they could win the game?  Didn't they see that you never congratulate an opponent who just scored on you?  Apparently, not.  

Later on that day, I got the lesson.  Winning isn't everything.  It is great when it happens but community is even better.  Of course, this mindset would never fly in professional sports.  They play hard like they are the Spartans of yore!

I love the Special Olympics Athlete Oath in the picture above.  It basically says, 'let me do my best and let that be a win BUT if it is not, let me do my best with courage regardless of the outcome.'  Recovery is a lot like that.  

In recovery, people learn that it is most important to attempt sometimes the seemingly impossible things regardless of the outcome.  And, if failure happens, while it is disappointing, there is some satisfaction in knowing one did not give up and displayed bravery in the attempt at victory.  And, that is not all, there is a community of people to rally around you both when you win and when you lose. 

Human beings fail.  This is a fact.  However, failure is not the worst thing that can happen to you.  The worst thing that can happen is abandoning bravery and never trying in the first place.  

Maybe you've give up hope that you can get clean?  Maybe you have given up belief in yourself as a drug addict or alcoholic?  Maybe you feel like there is no way for you to be brave enough to endure the withdrawal to get clean and stay clean?  That is totally understandable.  Now, stand up and brush yourself off and let's get some bravery happening here so you can change your life!

To be brave is to feel the fear and step out in faith anyway.  Step out my friend!  Your life can be completely different.  Don't let fear punk you out! Be strong!  Be mighty!  Be brave!  Recovery is not impossible.  That word broken down can be translated 'I'm Possible'.  In other words, anything is possible.  There is literally a global community of people who are cheering you on to sobriety.  They've been where you are and they've done what you've done and they've lived to tell about it.  They found a better way.  You can too.  Take the step of faith.  Attempt and be brave.  It will work it in your favor.  And if you fall and skin your knees, we'll all be here to help you get back up and get back in the game.

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you! 

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