The Quick Fix

September 30, 2014

Search soulAs an active addict I always want the quick fix. Today in recovery, I can still find some of those old thought patterns creep into my mind from time to time. During conflict or struggles, I sometimes find myself wishing for the creator to just take my pain away, or for the challenge to magically vanish. In those moments, I am ready for the rewards but not always ready for the work.
However, sobriety has taught me that it is only through work that we are able to truly receive the rewards.
I recently came across a poem titled, ‘A Beautiful Prayer’ that further expands on this idea:
I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy many things.


– Author Unknown

Do you simply seek the reward, or are you willing to do the work?

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