In church on Sunday, it was absolutely clear to me, especially since I quit drinking and I feel the way someone must feel when they’ve been completely oblivious to the fact that their eyes after age 40 aren’t quite 20/20 and they put on a pair of cheap reading glasses and suddenly the entire world is in focus – anyway it was totally clear to me that Pastor Vicky had written the sermon just for me. Clearly she reads my blog. And that’s why she was telling me exactly what I had been learning in my sobriety journey.
The sermon was about drifting. Vicky mentioned C.S. Lewis:
Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes.... Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.
It’s not yet February and yet I’ll bet that most people have already drifted away from their adamant declarations to make 2016 the year they exercise every day, give up sugar, drink less, meditate more, declutter, spend less, swear less, “yes” less, etc. It’s not that we get up one day and declare, “today is the day that I am going to prove right all the naysayers in my head!” It just happens. You know, that slippery slope. Some of us suffer from alcoholism, workaholism, Facebookism… we are ALL, however, driftaholics.
We need anchors to hold us steady. Some days are outright storms, but most days are just a little bit of a current. If we aren’t anchored, we suddenly look up to see that we have imperceptibly drifted to a spot way down the beach from our towel. The sneakiness of those currents makes them much more dangerous than the occasional hurricane, because they are always there, unlike hurricane season. We coast along, believing we are in control because we are staying afloat. Until, suddenly, we realize we are really far away and not sure if we have the strength to swim back. How did I get to this point, we ask ourselves with frustration, disgust, resignation.
I am a huge fan of prevention, and nipping things in the bud. So I am going to suggest you set yourself up for success by building, and holding onto, some key anchors. These are some of the ones I recommend, but please pick whatever you think will work best for you.
Therefore, we must the more eagerly anchor our lives to the things that we have been taught lest the ship drift past the harbor and be wrecked.
This quote was read during church and I have been thinking about it all week. Choose your anchors. Tie yourself sturdily to them. At the first sign of drifting, immediately reel yourself back in. It is easier to row or swim back a few yards than to salvage a shipwreck.
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