Recovery Inspiration

Do It

By: DL

I sat here tonight trying and trying to come up with something to write in place of WC's awesome posts.  Yes, WC is still around, he's just been unable to write due to life stuff, and we all know how Drunkless feels about life priorities: 1) Self-care, 2) sobriety, 3) family/friends, 4) work, 5) write if/when we can/want, 6) more-life-lifing, and on day 7) go rest/play some more.  Not necessarily in that exact order, but mostly in that order. ;) So since WC has been so busy, I decided to step in and lend a helping hand and write something in his absence.

We-e-e-e-e-ell ... I don't know how he does it. I searched through quotes and inspirations and motivations and affirmations and HOLY CRAP THERE'S A LOT OF GOOOOOOD STUFF OUT THERE!  It's unbelievable!

I was really struggling as to which to write about!  This is something I wanted to do, to write the Recovery Inspiration post.  But I didn't know which one to write about...

As I became overwhelmed with all the awesome options I was looking up, I came across this:

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
— Leonardo da Vinci

I could ramble off many ways of making the same statement, some highly popular, some not.  But what it brought to mind for me was the one I hear in the rooms, one my first sponsor originally said to me, and one that, quite frankly, saved my life.

"Suit up, and show up."

That may be a bit more direct and to the point than Leonardo's, but it certainly gets the point across: Stop talking about it, get your gear on, and pick up that shovel; the manure is getting deep.

It's so true.  How much time have I wasted in my life, feeling the pressure, but being indecisive, or too lazy to just git 'er done?  There is no, try, it's do or die.  It's a decision that has to be made, and then action being taken.

I've always been a "do it" kinda guy.  I get something in my mind, and I'll go until I've either 1) accomplished it, 2) I've proven it (I) can't be done, or 3) decided it isn't worth the effort.

But I start.

It's the starting that does it, it's the "we... must apply ... must do" part of Leonardo's quote that got to me.  So I put on my digging clothes, tightened up my boots, and began typing.  In hindsight, I'm not so sure that I would actually sit in manure and type this blog, but if I had to, I guess I just might.  (I don't really want to find out, to be honest... we'll just say I would.)

Okay, to my real point: Once I got done "knowing" I wanted to post something, and I just stopped "being willing," I had to "do."

So I did.

And I am.

If you've got something you know how to do and you're willing to do it except [excuse excuse], just go do it anyway.  Pay that bill.  Fix that truck.  Wash your car.  Write that list.  Do that step-work (eh-hem... finger pointing directly at me).  Read that book.  Write that book.  Watch your friend's cat while she's out of town.  Call your parents or your brother.  Take a loved one to dinner.  Sail a boat.  Record a song.  Go learn to sing...  If now is not a good time, then when is going to be a good time?  I don't know about everyone else, but I'm not getting any younger, and the world doesn't really give a damn.  It's going to do what it's going to do.  Seems to me that its got Leonardo's advice down pretty well -- what about you?

Now, it's 3:53 AM, and I know I need to get some sleep, and I'm willing to go to bed... I just don't want to.  But I suppose that's an entirely different blog.



Nike called and said "Just do it."
Good night.