3 The joy of living

An accurate measure of your progress is simply the way you feel about life. You may suffer setbacks or relapses during your treatment, but on the whole you should feel better and better about yourself and about life in general.

What does "joy of living" mean? A text found in an old Baltimore church in 1692 may shed some light on the question:

"In addition to maintaining a healthy discipline, you have to be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have the right to be here, and whether it is clear to you or not, the universe is no doubt unfolding exactly as it should.

"Be at peace with God, whatever your conception of God may be. And whatever your accomplishments or dreams, make sure to maintain peace and tranquility in your soul, amidst the chaos of life.

"Develop your ability to feel your oneness (with God), and you will overcome useless fears and fantasies. This will lead you back to the joy of living."

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