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Adversity is a way of life in recovery. No matter how hard you work, it never seems to get any easier. It just isn’t in the cards for us. The trick is to look at what’s happening from a growth perspective and not a success perspective. We may never win the game, but we can always be winners in the process, as the following story attests:

A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through the backyard,
wearing his baseball cap and toting a ball and bat. “I’m the greatest hitter in the world,” he announced. Then he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, and missed.

“Strike One”, he yelled. Undaunted, he picked up the ball and said again, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” He tossed the ball into the air. When it came down he swung again and missed. “Strike two” he cried.

The boy then paused a moment to examine his bat and ball carefully. He spit on his hands like Big Papi and rubbed them together. He straightened his cap and said once more, I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” Again, he tossed the ball up in the air and swung at it. He missed. “Strike three!”

“Wow!” he exclaimed. “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”

Either way, he was right. It’s all in the way you look at things. Isn’t having a positive perspective about your purpose in life a wonderful thing?

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