Newton may have said it best, “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Simply stated that for everything we do, or don’t do for that matter, there is a consequence… or a reaction. This is also known as one of the universal laws, the law of cause and effect. Some know it as the Iron Law of Human Destiny, the reason for that name is the fact that there isn’t another law that is as profound or powerful.
If there is a reaction to every action or inaction then it only stands to reason that everything that happens happens for a reason. So the bad day that you had yesterday, you had for a reason. That reason can be as simply as the fact that you woke up in the morning thinking it was going to be one of those days… and the universe delivered to you one of those days. The same holds true when we are talking about recovery.
If you go through your day looking for ways to score your next hit, you are one day farther away from recovery. Depending on your situation, it could also mean that you are one step closer to losing all the really matters to you. If you go through your day looking for more positive ways to get through your day then that is bringing you one day closer to all that you want to achieve.
Think of the law of cause and effect like dominos. There is this huge elaborate design, which is your life, and the dominos are placed in such a way that the design only unfolds if the preceding domino is knocked down. There are some dominos that lead to a dead end, they don’t have a connecting domino… there are dominos that can go to one path, and there are dominos that start multiple paths. The point is that each domino goes down based on what happened to the domino before it.
Your life unfolds based on the choices you are making right now. If you read this article and do nothing, something is going to happen. If you read this article and decide that you are going to take control of your life, something is going to happen. Something is always going to happen and that is a result of whatever it is you do or don’t do.
You wake up with a hangover… you call off work… you lose your job. You wake up with a hangover… do your best to make it to work… you are sent home and put on probation… or you are fired for coming to work intoxicated. Yes, the end result in both scenarios can be the same. You don’t have control over the outcome… just the direction the domino falls. This is where weighing the outcomes of a situation are important.
You buy a lotto ticket, there are 1 in 1 million chances you can win the jackpot. You wake up in the morning and find that you didn’t win, did you waste the ticket? No, because had you not bought the ticket then you would not have had a chance to win at all. The only thing you have absolute control over is the decision you are about to make, before you make that decision you need to think about the consequences to that action… think about all the consequences not just the ones you hope will happen.