Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly
-Paulo Coelho

One way of looking at a life lived locked within addictive patterns is that it is a life lived badly. While everybody has some addictive attachments—they are a part of the normal human experience—there can come a time when they become so strong that they make it impossible to live consciously. Sometimes this condition is very obvious to us and to those who know us, other times it is more subtle and up to us to recognize and call out these patterns ourselves. Either way, the motivation to live this one life well can be used to motivate us to face and rid ourselves of any addictions that distract us from that goal. And while a satisfactory level of functioning is going to be defined differently for each of us, and the nuances of this definition are up to us to figure out and pursue, we may want to develop an ongoing awareness that allows us to admit when we are living badly and redirect ourselves accordingly.

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