"Accept hardship as the pathway to peace." - Serenity Prayer (second half)

No pain, no gain. Without a crisis, change does not occur. Until I experienced the disaster of a DUI, I did not have the motivation to get sober. Early recovery was hard, but through it I have come to love a new way of life.

Hardship also forces us to grow internally and that growth yields internal peace. We should therefore consider being grateful during hardship because without hardship we don't build the character necessary for peace. A GRATEFUL attitude during hardship makes the hardship LESS PAINFUL and consequently minimizes the harm I would otherwise cause others by my bad attitude.

Suffering is a truth of life. We all experience suffering whether or not we are sober. Don't expect that everything is going to go smoothly or be easy to accept. If you expect tough times, you will NOT BE SHOCKED when they inevitably arrive. You will not be thrust into a horrible pity party. 

The wonderful thing is that you don't have to make tough times worse than they already are. If you follow the path of your recovery program, you will experience tough times without making them worse by having a bad, ungrateful attitude. You will survive and you will eventually know peace. As the second half of the Serenity Prayer reminds us: "Accept hardhip as the pathway to peace...Take this imperfect world as it is, not as you would have it be...trust that by surrendering your will to your Higher Power, God will make all things right so that you may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with God in the next." This will help you stay sober and not make tough times worse.


To-do:

Today I will remember that I need difficulty to change for the better. I will expect suffering as a natural part of life, not as some injustice that is shocking and wrong. I will expect suffering even if I am practicing a good recovery program. I will stick faithfully to my recovery program and not make tough times worse with the faith that I will eventually know peace. I WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR THE GROWTH THAT HARD TIMES FORCES US TO EXPERIENCE. I will never abandon my program of recovery and the faith that it will work.