My mentor stayed clean for decades. I think he was motivated to live drug-free because he wanted more than anything to help people.
If you ask me figuring out your Sacred Contract–essentially your life purpose–can give you the motivation to stay healthy and care for yourself.
Caroline Myss believes our sacred contracts are life assignments given to us to carry out in this lifetime.
A client of hers is quoted in the book Sacred Contracts. Liza had dreamed she was in a small rowboat going in circles. She could see an ocean liner in the distance and wanted to be on that ship not stuck where she was. Liza had been paralyzed in an accident and had to makeover her career and her life.
To quote Liza: “The key is to learn to row the boat you were given.”
I recommend you buy these two Myss books. Any kind of self-improvement project that is healthy shouldn’t be frowned on. We should only be competing against how we were yesterday–not against what other people can do today.
I say: “No thank you” to critics who compare peers to people who don’t have MH issues. The size of another person’s ocean liner shouldn’t concern us.
In a coming blog entry I’m going to talk about The Myth of Competitive Employment.