Without action, very little happens. Whereas the A in MAP originally stood for and, it became the letter for Action, something distinctly lacking in my life; so this certainly became a higher level consciousness. And while my action is still somewhat tentative, it is a far cry from the tendency to read and write to the exclusion of activity.
Theory is necessary, but unless put into practice it is not all that useful. It is said that knowledge is power, but again unless it is either imparted to others or applied it remains just knowledge – interesting but not necessarily functional. On an individual level it is so that like in most aspects of life balance is beneficial. Action can be an art as well. It is all very well to just act immediately, but sometimes the better option is to ponder and consider before taking the step of action.
Question time: What small action can you start today, that will make begin a positive shift in your recovery?
Source: A SANE MAP - My Journey in Recovery from Addiction.
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Life is not theory, ii is practice; and that should be practice the verb. Hence the title ‘Living Approach’, not ‘Life Approach’.
It is easy to talk, theorise and philosophise about life. But what happens on the ground, as it were, is what counts.
And yet; how we approach life influences how we live life. What is our attitude towards life? Each moment of our lives we can consciously decide what our attitude or approach to life, to living, is going to be. Our attitude or approach to living is one of the few factors over which we do have much individual control. Our life, our living wholesomely and fulfillingly, requires of us that we use this power wisely. It really is in our own hands. And minds and hearts.
Of course circumstances in our lives affect and influence us. but we have the capacity to determine how we adapt to what our current life circumstances happen to be.
Would you choose to be happy rather than unhappy? What causes you to be happy? This for another topic of discussion, but often very small things in life reward us with the greatest happiness. And such ‘small’ things as a simple smile and greeting to a stranger can afford us with maximum joy.
At this moment of reading, what is your ‘living approach’? It is your choice and your decision. And again now. And now. And…
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