Surviving the Storm

Surviving the storm of life can be an immense undertaking. Sometimes, these storms of life can ignite a spark deep within us.

As a pyrophyte, the mighty Sequoia tree needs fire to start the cycle of rebirth. I  myself needed the fire of emotional pain to start the cycle of a new life. Without the cleansing gifts of pain and self-imposed misery, I am doubtful I could have cleared away enough of the stifling emotional overgrowth of my past to allow myself to have the proper conditions required to grow to my fullest potential.

Surviving the storm of our owns actions is a key to our progress. Pain has a purpose in life, our perception may tell us differently in the moment but pain almost always carries a message when viewed with the right eyes.  Emotional pain has been one of the greatest catalysts in my own personal, spiritual and physical developments.  I firmly believe without all the emotional pain in my life I couldn’t be where I am today. However, pain and misery can be an addiction in and of themselves.   I cannot cling to pain after it has served its purpose any more than I can possess fire after it has consumed its fuel source.  Thankfully if pain is perceived properly the past is no longer as it was, it is now ashes, a different form that imparts the elements necessary for new growth.

When on the roller coaster of emotional turmoil, I remember that growth is often painful. My evolution in recovery has taught me that I must experience the inner change, however painful, that eventually guides me from selfishness to selflessness. If I am to have serenity, I must STEP my way past emotional turmoil and its subsequent hangover, and be grateful for continuing spiritual
progress.

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