HONESTY MONTH: DAY 19: “The most essential prerequisite to understanding is to be able to admit when you don’t understand something”― Richard Saul Wurman
How can we learn anything when we know everything? That is what I ask sponsees all the time. It is a very powerful question, is it not?
And I have yet to meet an addict who does not repeatedly tell me, “I know!” when we talk about what they are needing to do in their recovery. And I repeatedly tell them, “Recovery isn’t about what you KNOW. Recovery is about what you DO with what you know.”
So we must do what the Buddha suggests and develop a not-know mind. Be open, allow things to be new for you. Stop knowing. Let life teach you what you are here to learn. Do not repeat the same lessons over and over without getting the message. Make those changes that you know about and stop that Ego conversation.
We are here to look at what we do, not what we know. The longest mile in the world is from what we have learned (information) to what we DO with it…owning that information in our hearts and putting feet under it in action in our lives. Knowing means nothing.
I know what work is, but nothing happens until I DO it. And most addicts do NOT know that!