Ever think about poetry? Whether it is a simple rhyme, or perhaps a more obscure verse, or a lyric to a song - it is always a creative process.
The poet creates a story of sorts if you will which springs forth from his or her mind and places it on paper for other people to read or listen to when set to music. Indeed, it is a gift from one individual to be shared by many. In essence, one might say the poet has to "give it away to keep it" - to have the thought behind the poem perpetuated.
Recovery is a poem. It is a gift that is given, whether by a professional teaching a class at a rehabilitation facility or a member of a 12-step group sharing his or her experiences, to allow someone else to benefit - one might even say it is a gift from a person to her or himself!
Life is such a diverse mystery of conceptualizations - our reality is what we the living perceive it to be ultimately. You see, psychologists know how important perception is - hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, experiencing our positional orientation in the world, etc. It is important because we need to know if the individual is experiencing reality or has gone beyond reality - yet, the ultimate reality is always unique in some way to the individual - psychologists establish parameters to measure that reality - but again, ultimately it is very individualized.
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