The Search

Throughout life, we are often looking for our purpose. In recovery, we realize that no one is perfect but we are all seeking the answer. We all have a past which includes our negative and positive experiences. Some people may or may not have coping skills and supports. We try our best to communicate, listen, and learn from people during our life journey.

Our lives can mean whatever we want them to. We have choices to be made but, we must be willing and prepared to accept the resulting positive and negative consequences. We don’t have to have everything figured out, but we should always work at making some positive changes in our life.

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 In recovery, you can choose to live “One Day At A Time” or perhaps “one hour at a time” depending on how you are adapting to your recovery. The point is, take it slow and focus on being present in the moment. Healing and recovery is not a contest or a race. Recovery involves a lot of patience, love, humility, courage and respect for yourself, and for the people in your life.

Finding Your Purpose

The purpose in recovery is to live the best life that you can each day, to stay sober, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and to help others.

Reflect on your past and present and make an effort to make some adjustments, be flexible, achieve goals, and make changes to better yourself. The most important things to remember are to pace yourself, take action, ask for help, and be proud of yourself.

Read, discuss, participate and share the resources from AA/NA and other related sources to understand more about yourself in recovery and to learn from other individuals’ life experiences. The things that you share are just as important as everyone else. Attend regular support group meetings and keep in contact with your supports and a Sponsor.

Remember to stay humble and that you are in charge of your life. Focus on the moment and right now. Each day is a blessing and a new beginning. Be mindful, share your gratitude, say a prayer to your Higher Power, Creator, God or whomever/whatever gets you through each day.

Here are 3 simple rules in life:

  • If you do not GO after what you want, you’ll never have it.
  • If you do not ASK, the answer will always be NO.
  • If you do not step FORWARD, you’ll always be in the same place.



Much blessings,

Shelley-Ann McDonald

Counsellor/Indigenous Spiritual Advisor


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