Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
-Karen Kaiser Clark
Without our permission, and even despite our best efforts, change is inevitable. Never will we reach a point in our lives where everything is just where we want it and there it stays—our ducks will never stay in a row. But conscious change, change that inspires personal growth is not guaranteed. The deeper our addictive patterns run within us, the less we retain the precious ability to navigate consciously as we must to react to the demands that our addictions make of us. So while change may be inevitable, we must choose to direct that change toward personal growth. Recovery restores and strengthens our ability to make deliberate choices. Otherwise we risk automatically reacting to it. But as part of a commitment toward personal growth, change becomes an opportunity to reinforce a process of awakening that our addictions have likely represented from the beginning.