By now I know that I don’t need any of these, that I can live happily without having a constant need for any specific substance. That’s a huge improvement in my own understanding of the control I have over myself, over my behavior and body. While I had learned this to a certain degree before— e.g. by establishing positive habits — it feels still empowering to realize that there are no substances anymore which have such a power over me.
When we are forgiven—or when we manage to forgive ourselves, as in the case of procrastination—we’re more willing to get up and try again. Within this compassion for self, hope springs eternal in our process of becoming the selves we strive for.