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  • Writer's picturecarissayamanishi

Finding Harmony: A Tale of Boundaries and Recovery

When you're in recovery, it’s common to feel like you’re at war with different parts of yourself. Sometimes it's a struggle between the old habits that pulled you into darkness and the new behaviors leading you into the light. The battle can seem endless, with each side vying for control. In this story, the Sun and the Moon represent the dualities within us, battling for the spotlight. But what happens when these powerful forces find common ground? Let’s explore their journey and see what it can teach us about recovery and harmony.

The Conflict

Once upon a time, in a vibrant sky, the Sun shone brightly, filling the world with warmth and color. But the Moon, enchanted by the Sun's energy, often appeared during the day, stealing some of his thunder. This caused friction between them because they were supposed to have separate times to shine. Sun was in charge of the day, while Moon reigned at night. When the Moon started showing up during the day, it upset the Sun, who felt his boundaries were being crossed.

The Sun responded by shining even brighter, trying to force the Moon to retreat. Yet, the Moon kept coming back. Meanwhile, a woman who danced in the rainbows created by the Sun's rays, saw beauty in both the Sun and the Moon. She wished for a world where they could coexist, enjoying each other's company without conflict.

The Turning Point

The woman decided that a new agreement was needed between the Sun and the Moon. She invited them both to a meeting, asking, "What needs to happen for you both to share the sky, so the world can experience both your beauty at the same time?" The Sun, still angry, accused the Moon of trying to take over his domain, while the Moon claimed she just wanted to enjoy some daylight without causing trouble. Their argument went on for some time, draining them of their light and energy. Eventually, the woman shouted, "Enough! No one is better than the other! You both have your own unique qualities, and that's what makes you special."

The Sun, realizing that his anger was consuming him, agreed to compromise, and the Moon, though stubborn, accepted the idea of sharing the sky for a few hours each day. The woman suggested a new arrangement: the Moon could appear during the day for a couple of hours, and the Sun could shine at night for a couple of hours. This way, they could experience each other's beauty without encroaching on each other's territory.

The Resolution

The Sun and the Moon agreed to the new arrangement, but they were concerned about who would enforce the rules. The woman offered to become part of the sky as a reminder to respect boundaries. If either of them crossed the line, they would both suffer, risking permanent separation.

Lessons for Recovery

This story reminds us of the importance of boundaries and compromise in recovery. Just like the Sun and the Moon, we might have competing desires or conflicting behaviors that need to be balanced. When you learn to compromise and find harmony between these different parts of yourself, you create a more peaceful and sustainable path toward recovery. 

The woman who mediates between the Sun and the Moon represents the inner voice that helps you navigate these conflicts. It’s the part of you that understands the importance of setting boundaries and finding a balance that works for you.


As you continue on your journey of recovery, remember this story. It's a reminder that even the most powerful forces can find harmony through compromise and understanding. By respecting your own boundaries and allowing space for both the light and the dark, you can create a new contract for yourself—one that promotes healing, growth, and a brighter future.


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