Stop with the Yeah, buts……….Objection Overruled!
Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome. ~Samuel Johnson~
There will generally always be arguable reasons (or excuses) for not taking a bold course of action. When you have a clear vision of how to proceed, refuse to allow others’ (or even your own) doubts or fears to deter you from moving forward. This is especially true as we commit to the 12 Step program. Self doubts and head Caca will tell you “you need not dare to go that way”. It’s too hard, difficult and you don’t have the strength to withstand the pain. Sometimes everything in the natural will look completely contrary, but that may just be the very sign that you are on the right course. It’s easy to choose the easier, softer way but difficult choosing the path less traveled. Once there though regardless of the difficulties the rewards can be well worth the perceived risk.
Thought for the day
Am I looking for objections I can use to justify my lack of commitment to a rigorous recovery program? Do I look for the negative confirmation from those who are still sick and lost? Am I in denial about why I choose not to do what I need to be doing…… if I really want serenity and peace? Do I resist change?
When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country”…They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.”…Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”…And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size”…Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the LORD appeared at the Tent of Meeting to all the Israelites. The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times-not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”
~Numbers 13:17,26-28,30-32,14:6-8,10,11,22-24 (NIV)~