“You can run but you cannot escape”

Most of us – if not all of us – chased after an elusive thing called “love.”

In fact, we ran after it.  Day and night.

But why?

Because we wanted to escape the harsh reality of our lives.  We thought we could journey outside of reality.  And our addiction brought us some peace and serenity – something that felt like love.  At least, we thought so…

After our drug wore off we returned to reality and, once again, were faced with the harshness and pain of everyday life.  This caused us to run back to our escape – using our drug of choice.

And so it continued:  Run, escape, pain; run, escape, pain.  Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year…

Eventually, our addiction wouldn’t let us escape anymore.  No longer could we find the “love” we needed.  We ran harder… we tried using more frequently, more heavily. 

Finally, all that was left of our lives was the pain!

The program shows us that reality is not the problem.  Trying to escape reality is the problem.  By resisting ‘what is’ we eventually create suffering that is far worse than the pain of everyday life.

As we continue to turn our will and our life over to the care of God (Higher Power), we experience serenity.  Our new reality is one of inner peace and strength.  

We no longer need to run and hide. 

“You can run, but you cannot escape…”  Hiding in our addiction is the worst thing we can do for ourselves.  And we know this is true, because we’ve been there.

Yet the temptation is to run… to try to escape ‘what is’ when ‘what is’ feels too painful.

The program has ended the vicious cycle of “run, escape, pain.”  Keep working the program.  Be honest.  Be open.  Be willing.  Dare to face reality.  Your courage will be rewarded with an inner peace and strength that you never knew you had.

1 thought on ““You can run but you cannot escape”

  1. Great post, James. Especially loved that line, “Hiding in our addiction is the worst thing we can do for ourselves.” I’ve done more than enough running from “what is.” Thanks for expressing this idea so well.

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