Thought: ‘Finding who you are is more important than finding where to go.’
A tourist once asked an old man for directions. “Ah,” came the reply, “if I wanted to get there I wouldn’t start from here.”
The greatest danger on a mountain walk is not heading in the wrong direction but heading in the right direction from the wrong place.
Many of the Twelve Steps underline the importance of recognising the realities of who we are and where we are at. We need to face the fact that we have problems and try to understand them fully. Only then can we prioritise and make good choices about change. And, we need to know who we are before we can change who we are.
All that seems very obvious but it’s easy to ignore it, and to do so at our peril. How often in all sorts of areas of life do we rush off to activity before fully understanding what needs doing?
Escaping addiction to alcohol, drugs or anything else can easily make us over-hasty in our desperation.
Your life may seem like a ticking time bomb but it’s unwise to rush into cutting the wires before you know which is which!