Recovery, Be True to Your Self
Perhaps you are familiar with a famous line from Hamlet in one of Shakespeare’s plays which says, “This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. This powerful statement continues to ring down through the ages and has at its core individual responsibility. In recovery work it is essential to flee from all excuses of your behavior. Face the reality of your behavior, own it, learn from it and keep moving forward. This is equally true for the positive and negative behaviors. When you find yourself making any excuse at all for your behavior ask yourself the question, “could anything or anyone really force me to act in a certain way? Learning to make better choices is what progress is all about. If you mess up, ‘fess up and keep moving forward!
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.
-From the poem “The Man In The Glass”
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