20March

A Lesson in Recovery

How Do You Learn to Rethink Your Day?


To live a meaningful life — day by day, minute by minute — may seem daunting. How can one possibly focus amidst all the distraction, problems, and emotions? Even when you are satisfied with your past accomplishments, how can you continue to grow? How can you break out of the old patterns and learn to look at life anew?
By isolating your problems and addressing them one at a time. As the sages say, “When you grasp for everything, you end up grasping nothing.” Since each day is a lifetime, you must focus on the day before you, not on yesterday or tomorrow, and utilize its opportunities to the fullest.

But at the same time, make each day a routine, start with concentrating on the purpose of your life at the beginning and end of the day. It may be tempting to change your life all at once, but slow, steady progress is always more effective than a “crash course.” Make each day meaningful, and the days will begin to add up. Remember, even the longest journey can only be completed one step at a time.

Many of us have learned to look at each step — at each day in our life — as an almost inconsequential side trip that is disconnected from any larger journey. But the secret to any journey is to fix your eye on the destination and to keep traveling steadily toward it. Veering off, even for a short while, is at best a loss of time; at worst, we get confused and find it difficult to return on course.

Remember that in the journey of life, your body is the vehicle, but your soul is the compass. By following its voice, you remain focused on your destination, and each step — each day — brings you closer. How you live today determines how you will live tomorrow. The very next thing you do, no matter how small, will determine the rest of your day and, ultimately, the rest of your life.

It is never too late to start living your life meaningfully.

By Rabbi Menachem Mendle Schneerson aka: ‘The Rebbe’ (I wonder if we should move the “by line” to the top of the essay.)

Written by Eric Miller, Posted in Counseling Services

About the Author

Eric Miller

Eric Miller

In recovery since 2008, Eric has a great deal of knowledge about substance abuse. He couples his experience with his observant Jewish upbringing to offer a Jewish lens to the issues of addiction and sobriety.

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