Real morals focus on our own faults, not the faults of others.
“Don’t allow yourself to be heard any longer complaining about…life, not even with your own ears!”
Marcus Aurelius, ‘Meditations’, 8.9
“The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.”
Tenzin Gyatso (The real Dalai Lama)
Nobody told me that life was supposed to be easy; that was just the voices in my head.
A clever person can rationalize anything; a wise person doesn’t try.
That one word has so much depth, and brings back so many memories. I could talk about this word endlessly when it relates to my active addiction. I could talk about the times I missed my daughter, the times I missed family events, voluntarily at first and later because I was no longer invited. I could tell you about all of the times I missed work, or deadlines or appointments. About the times I missed laughter and joy. I could even tell you about the times I missed myself and the person I was before my every thought was consumed by alcohol or drugs. But today, I am going to tell you about the time I went missing, in the literal sense of the word. The day that I vanished…
At the end of my active addiction, I had come to the conclusion, as many suffering addicts do, that…
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A friend of mine played a 12-string guitar. He used to joke that he was going to get it tuned up and have it welded.
That’s how addicts think about life: we want to get everything just right and THEN live. But life’s not like that.
Better we should UNweld our minds.