Being in long term recovery is like being on treadmill that is always on. We must keep up with the speed of the treadmill and accept the fact that we don’t get to set the speed at which we travel. The speed is set by our inner higher power and is usually set at a much slower pace than we “like” to go (boo hoo). Sometimes the speed changes and we need to adjust, but usually we have had some warning and are prepared to make these adjustments, provided we have stayed on said “treadmill” and been able to see the signs. Go too fast and you don’t get to see the signs, go too slow and the signs make no sense.
Sure, you can go faster than the belt, but I promise you, you will fall off in front of it and end up right back at square one. And sure, you can do nothing, but I promise you, you will fall off the back and find yourself scrambling to get back up on the treadmill. The secret to a long successful recovery is to simply keep pace with your own treadmill, so that you don’t run off the front or fall off the back! Life is meant to be lived from the inside out, not from the outside in.
Slow and steady may not “win” the race, but it will keep you on your own treadmill of life and make you happy. Last I checked, life was NOT A RACE!