Resting on Your Laurels
rest on one’s laurels
Obviously, this expression does not originate in recovery. In fact, I believe its origins have something to do with ancient Greece, but I doubt that anyone reading this blog cares too much about that kind of information. At my point in recovery, and really, in life, it means don’t get complacent, or even too confident. Many people before me have had this feeling of “I’ve got this.” And, since this is the most time I’ve personally had sober (149 days), I can’t say for certain, but I would imagine the idea of resting on my laurels will come up time and again as I reach different milestones, achieve different victories.
But believing that sobriety can be maintained through past action is just as logical as thinking that once you lose a certain amount of weight you are free to stop eating well, or once you’ve run a marathon you can stop exercising. True, you can do these things, but you will gain the weight back if you stop eating well, and you will become out of shape if you stop exercising. In the same way, I must attend to sobriety like anything I want to maintain through my lifetime… the same regular, consistent actions that brought me results for the past 5 months need to be applied throughout my life. Today’s sobriety does not depend on yesterday’s achievements, it depends on today’s actions!