Aside from the obvious advantages of a 12-step program if one needs it, I’m forever grateful for the phrases used in the program as they become part of our everyday lexicon. It’s amazing how quickly certain sayings catch on, not surprising is that they catch on because they hit the nail on the head or fill a gap making the day easier to cope with.
What’s the saying I’m referring to? “Progress not perfection!” It’s a simple thought and yet brings in so much hope that anything is possible. It’s about keeping your consciousness looking in a forward direction. It’s about taking responsibility for your choices so that you’re more inclined to think about your choices instead of simply reacting.
As you face your life altering health issues remember that as pilgrims you are called to walk a journey that many in your circles will never face…at least that’s what we all hope for, but allowing them in your life will give you the support you need to make progress. The pilgrim’s heart is all about progress, the incremental movement in our heart and soul, ultimately culminating in progress of our physical being (I didn’t say cure).
My hope for you is that you allow your inner pilgrim to be a compass for your journey. You may be walking parallel paths to someone else with a life altering condition but your journey is personal, after-all it’s yours! Reap the benefits of walking with others and use that information, support, education and hope to fuel your own progress.