At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done, then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
-Frances Hodgson Burnett
I love this quote because it so clearly describes my journey in recovery. I began once believing that I was a victim and that I would spend my whole life being a victim. Then, I came to recovery and began to work the Steps. By even attempting to work the Steps, I started to hope that a change could occur though I did not believe it when I began. Then, as I was open, honest, and willing in my recovery program, I notice that the change in my behavior has led me to different results. By continuing to grow and develop in the program and change my behavior, my thinking changes and I begin to wonder why I didn't do it “centuries ago.” That is to say, I acted my way into better thinking rather than what I used to do which was trying to think my way into better acting. Nowadays, when I find myself feeling desolate and hopeless, I look back at my recovery program and realize that if I was able to move forward, it was because I was open to trying, willing to change my behavior, and honest to myself and others.
A meditation for March 04, 2013.
It's a New Day – Will.I.Am