Have you ever stopped to just sit in awestruck amazement at where life has delivered you? Think about it: we are all born into oblivion, handed the power of choice, and let loose to figure it out(in a manner of speaking). As we begin our travels, through our unmeasured exploits, we tend to make errors while slowly finding our way. Apparently we are not born as perfect people into this oh so perfect world.
Then toss disease and/or disorder into the equation, possibly alcoholic thinking, and that minimal percentage of perfectness dwindles even more. Those afflicted with such will wake up each and every day, innately wanting to deny its existence. That’s the delusional reality we convince ourselves of at least. However, diluting the delusions is more than possible- it’ll just take action, perseverance, and time.
In performing a minimal amount of research and diving deep into the inner workings of the Googles, we find the word reprieve. A reprieve is a cancellation or postponement of something or another. In regards to the equation of chemical dependency and the end total of recovery, this could not be a more fitting definition.
Staying clean is an easy but difficult task that takes a lot more work than most would realize from the outside looking in. There are things that addicts/alcoholics have to do to preserve the sanity they’ve rediscovered from their nightmarish addictions. Sobriety in and of itself is a daily reprieve. This means essentially taking a daily maintenance to keep all the checks and balances in place(something that most of the world could benefit from, not just addicts/alcoholics).
When we stop to take a good look at our sobriety or any recovery related aspects, it is proven time and time again that the practice of relapsing starts way before the actual act is performed. It all starts in the mind. The daily reprieve is what keeps relapse at bay essentially. Sadly, relapse is prone for many.
If a nickel was given for every time we see somebody doing well in recovery as a wave of complacency glazes over them, we’d all be quite a bit richer. You see, the sad part about it is that it’s the beginning to an end when this mindset takes over. It is a shortcut right back into the pits of misery and despair that our alcoholic thinking will gladly walk us into. Recovery delivers us the promises, but at some point on our timeline we start to get bored almost.
Addicts and alcoholics crave excitement and impulsivity usually. As everything becomes mundane and we forget the things we were once grateful for, the alcoholic thinking upstairs begins to get louder and louder. It’s amazing how quick this cycle of mindset can appear as stress begins to build up and all appreciation goes out the window. This is where a daily reprieve is crucial for keeping addicts and alcoholics like us on our toes. Often times we are not aware of something until we hit the brakes and take a second to look at life from a subjective standpoint. We all generally want to point the finger and call out others, but how often do we do that for ourselves? Taking time to truly look at one’s self while discovering through introspection what makes you tick can be exhilarating in itself.
One of the most therapeutic ways for daily reprieve to render itself could be through the power of writing. Pulling out a piece of paper and a pen can seem like a chore sometimes. We live in a world where necessity is important and everything else is effort. It’s easy to forget that some of the things we don’t want to do are the ones that are going to better us. Kind of goes back to the cliché, “whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger”.
Learning to journal is an important tool in daily reprieve that can allow the author to get thoughts out on paper and literally vent to themselves. Sometimes in life we don’t realize something until it’s literally in black and white right in front of us. This form of daily reprieve is almost like playing your own therapist. Pen to paper equals revelations to brain. A few other methods we can implement into helping us with a daily reprieve might include:
- Art Projects
- Practicing the 10th Step
- Talking to Others
- Reading a Book
While many of these are about finding a quiet space to allow ourselves to think, a few of the techniques involve using the perspectives of others to stimulate our train of thought.
Continuing with the scribbles of our daily reprieve, there are other writing tools that are just as useful if we choose to use them. Manifesting a gratitude list of sorts for a daily reprieve can really open the eyes of the author and shine light in certain areas that maybe we shaded and jaded beforehand. Fortunately this is not school or work but for self. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself to be extremely intelligent or uneducated; we all need some form or expression.
When we as individuals write about hardships and our daily struggles, it allows us to put things into perspective that would ordinarily be difficult to do mentally. Although as recommended before, keeping a mental list of our struggles can be a terrific outlet, it can also be confusing and heavy. Writing out these things were thankful for can really allow some huge growth and change in a person’s daily reprieve.
It’s all just another manner of thinking. We are breaking down the walls that enclose our perceptions of ourselves while simultaneously searching for enlightenment in a sense. In practicing such, we are creating the best versions of ourselves that we can be- sobriety or not. A daily reprieve can and will benefit anybody looking for growth.