Fundamental Difference

Fundamental Difference

The start of every year brings an influx of people to gyms and health clubs. Having resolved to lose weight and/or get into shape, a few for the first time, though many are repeat offenders, the intention to change is genuine, but what usually happens? After a few weeks (sometimes a very few) “stuff” begins to interfere. Work ramps up. The kids start or resume an extracurricular activity, the spouse who was supportive in the beginning becomes less so, especially if there are any hints dropped about it becoming a family affair. I’m sure you can add to the list. So, with no real thought we give ourselves license to miss a session or two while the idea of everyone else eating pizza while we try to choke down one more Lean Cuisine becomes intolerable. And life without pastries isn’t really living, right? Soon the only remnants of the gym are the workout clothes piled in the back of the closet and that automatic dues deduction we agreed to from our bank account every month.

Because modes of thinking are contagious the same thing happens in our spiritual life. We read a book or hear a speaker which energizes us in the moment, and we vow to follow a new path. What happens? Gym Think. After a time, the old manner and habits of living reassert themselves and we drift back into old familiar ways of thinking and living. Then a new book or teacher catches our attention and the cycle begins anew.

There is a fundamental difference however between physical and spiritual exercise. The day will come for all when this physical shell will have reached its sell by date, regardless of how many hours we spend working out and/or eating right. However, our essential nature, soul if you prefer, is eternal. So, decide today to place your feet on the path of spiritual growth and let no future vicissitude shake your resolve and when Gym Think creeps in, and it will for it happens to everyone, reject it by turning to God as you understand Him for strength and guidance. Just for today demonstrate prayer and meditation in your life, as if your life depended on it, for in truth it does, and be of service to others, even if that is simply picking up some trash on the street or dropping a quarter in an expired parking meter saving someone from a ticket and make sure you keep these acts to yourself, between you and the Miraculous. Oh, and laying off the pastries coupled with a 30-minute walk 3 or 4 times a week, plenty of water and a good multivitamin can’t hurt. Just sayin.

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Published by Vincent Lee Jones

Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years. As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives. In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725. I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.

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