Refusing to Give Up by a Recovering Addict
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living”. – Gail Sheehy
In today’s blog I would like to talk about a gentleman from my GA meetings. This man has been a member of GA for nineteen years now. He travels all over to attend different meetings, to hear others stories and offer advice from what he has learned through his own experience in recovery. Every morning when I wake up, there is a message from him telling me to stay strong and that I can get through another day without gambling. That I have it in me to overcome my addiction.
During the break at tonight’s GA meeting, the man I speak of told me that I will I go through many ups and downs during my recovery. That the first ninety days without gambling are the toughest and that I will go through a roller-coaster of emotions. He advised me to have a look at a poem that helped him, when he first joined GA. I found the poem to be very inspiring. Any time I feel as if I’m struggling, I now have something to refer back to, that will encourage and motivate me. I thought it would be an idea to post this poem, in hope that it will help others who are currently battling with addiction.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
~John Greenleaf Whittier