I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
We must partake in our recovery. Staying locked within our addictive patterns and behaviors takes great effort on our parts. Although participation in our addictive patterns eventually happens automatically, if we spend the time to break down how much effort and energy it takes to keep them going, we will see that it takes a great deal. Any time we decide that we want to make changes, we must put in as much effort into the new consciously chosen behaviors as we did the automatic unconscious ones. It is always inspiring and important to surround ourselves with other people who have successfully made the changes in their lives that we are trying to make in ours. But it isn’t enough to simply be inspired by them, to simply see them. Any inspiration we derive from watching others needs to be manifested into actions that will lead to our own changes. Regardless of the path to recovering healthy patterns after addictive ones, we will necessarily need to be active and consistent in our actions if we are to maintain those changes. Only through this diligence, will we be able to provide a new experience of ourselves and of life that will create a lasting understanding that we are the successful agents of our changed lives.