“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.” ― Mizuta Masahide
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For a number if years I struggled with grief and alcohol addiction, and after a long battle I came out on the other side stronger and more confident that before. It comes down to a simple idea:
"When nothing is going right, go left; when you have nothing left to give, move forward; whatever you do, don't move backwards."
This can perhaps be taken the wrong way if considered out of context, because sometimes when you're lost, retracing your steps by going backwards can be the best course of action. But, when if you're struggling with addiction, going backwards into your old ways is a detrimental strategy.
Instead, I suggest a different strategy, one that has worked for me and many others: Keep your eyes forward. Put another way, what can you do to co-conspire with reality to make a brighter future, even if you're struggling to find something to enjoy today?
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Jonas Cain is an instructional designer, facilitator of fascination, and purveyor of positivity—helping to initiate and manage positive change for individual, team, and community growth.