One of my co-workers turned good friend/pillar of real support posted this a while ago on another site. She’s also an amazing recovery story, but that’s for another time. It’s basically implying what’s inside of you, what you’ve decided to be, is entirely your choice. Sobriety isn’t an amazing musical number all the time. Sometimes it’s a boring quiet night, sometimes it’s changing your regular routines. Sometimes it’s getting over pride and admitting there are problems, which can be solved if you want. Here it is.
You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.
Why did you spill the coffee?
"Well because someone bumped into me, of course!"
You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.
Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.
Whatever is inside the cup, is what will spill out.
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It’s easy to fake it, until you get rattled.
*So we have to ask ourselves… “what’s in my cup?"
When life gets tough, what spills over?
Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?
Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions?