Often, we can draw strength from inspirational figures who have captured life truths in their writing and speech. Particularly after chemical dependency, we often gain strength and wisdom to contribute to our life journey through the words of others. As we continue to strive for our personal best, in our actions and lives, we can draw perspective after recovery by these statements of purpose and perspective.
Inspirational Words to Live By After Recovery
Here are just a few quotations by people who have made a difference in the world, with their philosophy, spirituality, creativity and insight. Each short and simple quotation gives us inspiration as we approach the road ahead, and insight into our journey past dependency and into a cure.
- “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
So often, after recovery we receive the amazing gift of a new lease on life. Without the shackles of chemical dependency standing in our way, we are free to achieve personal goals and realize our dreams. However, it can be tempting to become impatient. Stevenson reminds us that the real measure of progress isn't the immediate, tangible reward, but the seeds we have planted. With time, those seeds of character and hard work will grow. Try to focus on the good you are doing, and the beauty of who you are, instead of allowing impatience to take away the joy of watching your life unfold and develop.
- “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Peter Drucker
It can be easy to worry about the future, especially after completing recovery. You may have found your cure for dependency, but often there are plenty of details to take care of next. Keep in mind that you have the personal power you need to help you overcome obstacles. Your future is truly in your own hands now possibly for the first time in your life. Make lists of goals and steps necessary to achieve them, and take hold of your destiny in a new way.
- “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson
When we judge ourselves too harshly, we can slip into forms of denial as a way of escaping feelings of inadequacy and fear. With a spirit of self-compassion, seek honesty first and foremost with yourself and then with others. Wisdom will come and choices will become clear as you build your new life, but you will never find solutions if you cannot be honest about your challenges first.
- “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha
Sometimes, when people have overcome chemical dependency, they still feel the weight and shame of the past and worry about the future. This is no way to begin a new, healthy life of freedom! Focus on the here and now. What do you need? What do you want? Give the balance of your focus to the task at hand, attempting to do it as well as you can. By staying mindful in the present moment, you set the stage for future success and release yourself from past mistakes.
- “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius
The most inspirational stories of all time are not the ones of success on the first try. They are often the stories of those who overcome great challenges and continually rose to meet them. Release yourself from negative thinking that focuses on past or possible failures. Realize that the Universe has brought you down the path you're on for a reason and that goodness will come of it. Keep striving to do better, and recognize that every mistake is a learning experience necessary for success.