Success and Bouncing Back

September 18 2014

I really am amazed at what I wrote years ago as my thoughts remain the same today.

I now have 16 years recovery an amazing 15 year old daughter that God blessed me with through a miracle in early recovery. I have 4 children who have blessed my life along with 2 grandchildren. Life is good however it does not come without struggles. It’s those struggles that write your life story, good and bad. Keep in mind that without failure we have no success. How many times does a baby fall before he can walk? He doesn’t give up he fails his way to success. And so it is with us if we give up we never will reach the potential that God intended for us.

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – Gen. George Patton

How do you measure success? Success should be measured in many ways and often. This is an extremely broad statement, so for today let’s look at Patton’s words and life lessons.

I have been writing life lessons for awhile, it is a very simple concept but sometimes a bit difficult to implement. While it is inevitable things are going to happen in our life that is not good, it is up to us to take something positive from the situation and learn from it. Taking this one step further how do we use these lessons to better ourselves and the people we have in our lives. A key element is to not be bitter and understand what purpose this may have in your life.

I have to laugh as I have so many lessons that I have learned it is hard to pick a specific one. Let’s talk about addiction as it not to popular a subject. Fifteen years ago I found myself wrapped in a world of darkness and pain using meth- amphetamine as self medication to rid myself of the reality that surrounded me. Through the love of family and an intervention resulting in my moving 2000 miles across country with 3 small children I began my new journey. It has been more than nine years and I am truly grateful for my past as it has allowed me the opportunity to help many people to understand bad things happen to good people. I have had the privilege to be in DC as an advocate a number of times, to publicly speak on many occasions to address groups of physicians on faith in healing, to teach residents what text books don’t tell you, to talk in high schools, and most importantly to raise my children in a loving, compassionate and drug and alcohol free home. This is just a few in the many wonderful things that have happened to me since I began my recovery journey.

This is how you bounce back to be successful, never be ashamed of who you are be proud of how you have bounced back when you have hit bottom. My challenge to you today is to reflect on the times in your life when you hit bottom and how you have bounced back, or how it has made you a better person. Celebrate who you are and the success you have achieved from hitting the bottom!

I invite you to leave examples by comments, to share what you have learned in your life and how it has affected you and the lives around you.

Susie Austin


~ by coachsusie on September 18, 2014.

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