Inch by inch

“Inch by inch life’s a cinch, yard by yard, life is hard.” I don’t know where it came from. I was in fifth grade when I heard it the first time. I had a great math teacher. Every morning he would write a saying upon the board for us to copy in our notebooks. I learned a lot of wisdom that year. I still hear those sayings in my head at time all these years later.

I was thinking about recovery this morning. How it comes little by little. You don’t sink down in mental illness all at once. You sort of spiral down.

In recovery, you have to ride that spiral back up. You come across issues you need to overcome. You work on them a little, improve a little, move on. Then later, the issue comes up again. God brings it back up when you are better able to deal with it.

God NEVER gives you more than you can bear. I know sometimes it feels like He does, but He doesn’t. In everything, He provides a way for you to get through, if you depend on Him.

I would never have made it as far in my recovery if it hadn’t been for God and my 12 Step Recovery Program. It has helped in all phases in my life.

It has been a gradual spiral upward, little by little, on a day by day basis, based on my spiritual condition.

So, if you are on the walk on the road of mental recovery, don’t despair if it seems like a long walk, or if it never ends. Give yourself to God and He will lead you onward.