ghost of your past

I hope you’re doing well and finding strength in your recovery journey so far.

As we move forward, it’s often tempting to glance back at our past—a mix of fond memories and not-so-great moments that have shaped us into who we are today. But have you ever paused to think about how those “ghosts” from your past influence your choices now, especially during your recovery?

Our past experiences—be it a loving family, traumatic events, or anything in between—often become the lens through which we see the world. And sometimes, they can make us either too cautious or too reckless in the present. Recognizing this can be like turning on a light in a dark room. Suddenly, we’re not just reacting; we’re making choices based on understanding and self-awareness.

By coming to terms with our past, we can learn to make decisions that aren’t merely reactionary but are instead rooted in a real understanding of who we are and who we want to become. And let’s be real—it’s a continuous process. We’ll make mistakes and take wrong turns, but every misstep is an opportunity to learn, adjust, and make better choices in the future.

I encourage you to take some time this week to reflect on your past experiences and consider how they might be influencing your decisions today. I know in my own recovery, there were times when I needed to seek outside help to take care of some of those “ghosts” I mentioned. It’s an exercise in awareness that can yield surprisingly powerful insights.

If you find this challenging, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Wishing you another week of positive progress!


Ben Randolph