Bird are chirping, flowers are blooming, the weather is getting warmer…. signs of spring are slowly showing themselves. Winter is finally over and to some that is glorious!
The season change from winter to spring can remind us of our sober journeys. In the winter, our surroundings may be dull and depressing. Almost all of the plants have died and the bright colors of fall have disappeared. The cold weather makes us just want to curl up and stay inside. Isn’t this true of how we feel when we are overcome with our addiction? We may feel a sort of numbness to everything around us.
With spring here, all that was dead is now growing back and blooming. When we say NO to what draws us into the addiction and the lifestyle that once suppressed us, we say YES to living and growing! The beauty in the flowers appearing after a long winter, remind us of the beauty of sobriety. We can finally see ourselves in a new light and a new hope for the future after our long journey.
While the hard times are going on it doesn’t seem like there is any light at the end of the tunnel, but when we finally get out of the rut- beauty awaits! Think of each step you take towards sobriety like another bloom on the rose bush. Each thorn represents the struggle you faced to get to where you are today, and each bloom symbolizes the goals you have completed. If you had negative influences in your life persuading you to make the wrong decisions, they may be a thorn in your path. When you are able to mend a broken, positive relationship, yet able to say goodbye to those bad relationships; that is a bloom.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” -Mulan