Openness to Change in Addiction Recovery

        “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”

–Anais Nin

I’ve heard some debate about whether it was actually Nin who said this, but regardless of who, the message is profound. We all reach those periods in our lives when we have outgrown old ways of being, thinking, and living; moments when we are met with the choice of continuing on in our outgrown and tattered lifestyles or risking the unknown by stepping out into something new.

Many of us are met with many gentle nudges as life suggests it may be time to move on. But let’s face it, most of us are too stubborn for subtle messages and we wait for the overt ones like exhaustion, sickness, or rock-bottom losses. Maybe it doesn’t matter so much what finally wakes us up to the need for change; what matters is that we get there.

From there, it’s a matter of mindful, creative, and self-compassionate movements; trials and errors, as we learn to stretch beyond preconceived limitations and into the next phases of growth. Moments like this can, understandably, feel humbling and scary. This is why reaching out for help from people who can support and guide this kind of natural growth is so important.

If you’re feeling squeezed by life, consider that it may be time for you to blossom.

-Courtney Judd