Creating More Space

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocost survivor. He is the author of ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’.

Between a stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

- Viktor Frankl

The response I have to a stimulus is an emotion. Based on this emotion I formulate an action. My emotions cause me to act. If my emotions were painful or shameful I would feel a sense of unease, or, from the book Alcoholics Anonymous ‘…restless, irritable and discontented.’  I would act to avoid them. Eventually, my only solution to avoid these feelings was the use of drugs and alcohol. Once I employed that solution I developed a physical craving which became paramount to all other needs and I lost the ability to control my consumption.

Dr. Frankl’s quote above points to the heart of my recovery. I needed more power. That power could be found deep within myself if I would only remove what obscures it from my life. I view Dr. Frankl’s ‘space’ as my spiritual nature; that place at the center of my being where lies a Divine power. Uncovering the true nature of that space allow’s God’s grace, guidance and strength to become part of my life. I know that if I continue to enlarge my spiritual life, this ‘space’,  I will not return to the old emotions that drove my actions and I will not need my old solution.

The 12 Steps of recovery are a spiritual plan of action. By trying to live the principles of these steps in all areas of my life and by desiring to help others unselfishly, my ‘space’ continues to grow resulting in a spiritual life of meaning, purpose and inner happiness. 

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