“The Purpose Of Life…..

 

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According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American  writer from Concord, MA, ” The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Today these simple and yet powerful words are seldom spoken, heard or written because e have all been engineered by constant advertising, mass marketing and mad media ,to want more and more goods services  and stuff so we all can be happy.

For many individuals  the only   purpose for getting up in the morning is to; “ Be happy.”  It’s an impossible goal.

Today I urge you to try something different: Today, just try to be useful.  I think that you will be amazed at how readily and easily this task can be accomplished.

Progress in recovery is not made by great leaps and bounds but by small and steady steps

Try it.

 

 

 

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year and Welcome 2017.

The great, Concord Mass writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson said it well, ” The only person your are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Successful recovery from substance abuse is always possible. Just don’t give up,  don’t panic, don’t let the bastards get you down.

Remember that yes, you can and are doing it.  Take some time on this holiday to think about the person you want to be now that you are breaking free from the self-imposed chains of booze or drugs.

Shake off your apathy, throw away negative, self-destructive  and self-depreciating thoughts.  Learn the true power and magic of positive thinking and more importantly; positive doing. Actions speak louder than words.

Fight procrastination and laziness every minute of every hour for they are the great foe of your recovery. Don’t slip or slide back into your very old unproductive daily habits. Turn off the damn T.V. Turn off your cell phone. Run like hell from the computer and Internet screen.

Great outside take a walk or run. Breath in the fresh January air. You will be truly amazed at the results.

For now,

 

BillMcInerney

 

Bill McInerney

 

 

 

 

Who the Hell Was Janus?

 

 

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Many people today have no idea of how important a former, long ago and forgotten,  pagan Roman god was to millions  citizens of ancient Rome. He dates back over 2,600 years and the earliest roman coins discovered bear his image

In ancient religion and myth Janus is the god of “beginnings, changes, gates, doors and transitions.”

He’s usually depicted  as having two faces, since it is believed the looks into the future and the past.  It is thought that  the month of January is named after this esteemed deity.

Hollywood movies and T.V. shows, I believe,  have greatly distorted  and have undermined our concepts and ideas of the long-lasting ancient Roman  civilization.  The Romans often are shown as brute savages slaughtering Christian martyrs. While this did occur it happened in a very small time period.

The average roman  citizen was often a simple and peaceful  farmer or tradesman  who was far from being warlike. Every home in this ancient realm,  from the very poor to the mega rich, contained an alter to worship. Janus was considered as one of the most important and revered gods.

So do you want or perhaps need a “god of change?”  I say this because many people in early recovery from alcohol or drugs have a terrible time with the concept of a “Higher Power” so very important  to Alcoholics Anonymous

Recovery, after all,  is all about personal “change,” and “new beginnings,”  whether we like it or not. Sometimes it’s a subtle change , or transformation,  or  its a more of a monumental one. Everyone is different.

Religions or spirituality, in my opinion  is, and should  always be ,  a private  matter.  If you, or someone you know, is struggling with the idea of the “Higher Power” why not suggest Janus.

For now,

Bill McInerney

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intention

Willpower, coupled with “intention” creates a powerful combination for anyone  in any stage of substance use recovery.

A great Tibetan teacher, Nyshul Ken Rinpoche once said,” Everything is intention.” The word is defined as meaning, ” a determination to act in a certain way; resolve, importance, significance. And what one intends to bring about.”

According to a recent article by Sylvia Boorstein, in Lions Roar Magazine ( January 2107)  she write,” Wise intention is what keeps our lives headed in the right direction.”

She contained, ” Making sure your intentions align with your real values, is one of the  best ways to lead the life you want.”

Recovery from drugs or alcohol is a personal and complicated  process. Keeping focused on what we want to accomplish is important.

As we near the beginning of a New Year, rather than making a list of impossible resolutions, why not simply state that “In the coming year I will be filled daily with good intentions.

For now,

Bill McInerney

 

 

Willpower #2

 

In my opinion, do not ever understate the strength  of “Willpower.”

Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.”    Dan Millman

“With but few exceptions, it is always the underdog who wins through sheer willpower.” Johnny Weissmuller

“Many men and women in the world demonstrated great willpower and self-discipline in overcoming bad habits and the weakness of the flesh.”

“The achievements of willpower are almost beyond computation. Scarcely anything seems impossible to the man or woman who can will strong enough and long enough.” Orison Swett Madren

Indeed, the best way to think of willpower is not as some shapeless behavioral trait but as a sort of a psychic muscle, one that can atrophy or grow stronger depending on how it is used.”  Jeffrey Kluger

For now,

Bill McInerney