Living life on life's terms is accepting life or reality as the way it is and dealing with life and the past as best a person can even though there are many disagreeable events and realities that one wishes were different, and not running and hiding behind drugs or alcohol. It is simple; giving up hope of a better past. Sounds a lot like the Serenity Prayer.
Life on Life’s Terms
The earth has gave me life and strength to endure what I need for me,
Opening my eyes and my heart I came to believe.
Awakening the soul I gave my life to the will of recovery,
I sit, I stand, and I walk with security.
As a day goes on dusk to dawn,
Coming together I found where I belong.
Listening and learning has gave me peace,
Excepting my failures and defeats.
With humility today there are no insecurities,
For when I have truth, thus has serenity.
I can have, I cannot have, all the above,
Simply by saying there is a god I love!
Chasing my feelings I can grow indeed,
I pondered in thought, not sharing my greed.
Materials of man I greatly dismissed,
Blunder I shared and being so careless.
Today I can stay or be gone with the wind that blows by,
To carry my shame would bring me to stay high.
I said to my higher power "I AM DONE",
Living life on life’s terms that shall be my fun!
Author; Shane Wolfe
Learning to accept life on life's terms means no longer getting mad and grabbing a bottle or some drugs and disappearing from the scene. Learning that the world did not revolve around oneself; learn about one's senses of expectations and disappointments and accept the results; move on with life. Keeping cool and keep in check the HUGE roller coaster of feelings that occur in recovery and know that one "belongs" in this world.
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