I Think One Of The Biggest Lies We Learn
Is That Life Is Made Up Of Tremendous,
Sweeping Moments Like Those In The Movies.
The fact is that life rarely contains pinnacle moments; if it did, we could never keep up the pace! We will all have a few unforgettable moments when things take on movie-like status, but life is actually made up of a series of very small, mundane moments and decisions that occur minute by minute.
Making the right decisions, therefore, is not a matter of the right decision at a pivotal moment but the right decision day by day and moment by moment. Most of us know the right decisions that we should be making; we simply allow ourselves to believe that the little decisions do not matter, so our behavior in this moment is not what will determine the course of our life. We believe that we can behave badly one moment but maintain good behavior the majority of the time and still be okay.
This attitude may work in some areas of life, but not when battling addiction. You see, what we have to fight against with addiction is a constant pressure by our own minds and bodies to slip back into that bad behavior. Even one bad choice can lead to a downward spiral. It is much easier not to give in than to try to recover from a slip-up, so we must guard our momentary actions each day to prevent backsliding.
Tavis Smiley says, “The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.” People are going to remember the simple things we did and the day-to-day actions we performed, not just our “big” moments. This is especially true for our families. What day-to-day actions are you leaving as memories with your spouse, your parents, your children and your siblings? Are they going to remember you for the good things you did every single day? They will if your daily routine consists of good choices.
Do not give up another minute of your life to poor choices. Resolve today to make the right choices every moment and every day.