Some credit Marshal Murat (Napoleon’s brother-in-law and a cavalry officer) with the exhortation, “Run to the sound of guns!”
In the early 19th Century, one of biggest challenges of generalship was to find the enemy. In an age before recognizance airplanes and satellites, generals relied on scouts, spies, and their own eyes and ears to figure out what they needed to do.
What they needed to do, of course, was to find and defeat the enemy.
The “sound of the guns” in Murat’s day was canon fire. Once the canon began to blast away, the first problem of generalship was solved. The enemy is where the canons are!
Anxiety can work the same in the life of someone struggling under the burden of an addiction. When I am afraid, I feel like I want to run and hide. There is no better, no more familiar and comfortable place to hide than in my addiction.
The problem is that hiding in my addiction solves no problems. It addresses no challenges. It does nothing to advance the quality of my life.
Rather than run away, what might happen if I “run to the sound of the guns?”
One of the first challenges every day is to find the most important thing that demands my focus and intention. Instead of fleeing my anxiety, what might happen if I run toward the sound of the guns?
Who knows? Whatever the outcome might be, at least I will discover where the enemy is.