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I've been thinking about the Cubs all week (who hasn't!) and a common belief they hold dear - never give up! From their manager Joe Maddon, to almost every player that's interviewed, at some point, they all say the same thing, we believe in ourselves and no matter what's happening, "we never give up."
As I thought about that, I realized that those of us in recovery, need to do the very same thing. No matter how many times we relapse, make mistakes, fall down or screw up, our goal is to keep going forward and never give up.
This is at the heart of Brené Brown's book, Rising Strong. I've been fortunate enough to be trained in the curriculum that accompanies this book. I had the opportunity to facilitate a Rising Strong™ intensive this past week at Alta Mira, a wonderful treatment center in Sausalito, California. In working with the clients, I was touched by the determination of the human spirit to continue to try and get sober even after multiple relapses and treatment attempts. These folks have lost a lot and come close to death. Yet, they are still trying and not giving up.
Addiction wants to kill and destroy! Recovery gives life and joy! Both come at a cost. Sobriety isn't easy and can be painful sometimes. But, just as we've seen with our amazing Cubs, it's SO worth it. No matter how many times you fall, no matter how many times it gets really tough, remember, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!