2 - I will paddle around the impact zone

"No one ever made it to the top by relying on shortcuts," While it might be tempting to look for an easier, softer way, recovery requires that individuals pay attention to their surroundings. Most competent surfers look at the waves before paddling out. It is critical to read the ocean and gauge the size and frequency of  the waves. Knowing the direction in which they are coming can help a surfer make choices about where to paddle out so as to avoid getting caught in the impact zone, Knowing the path that is ahead in recovery is equally as important, It is necessary to consider the options when making plans and choose routes that support recovery and not old patterns and behaviors. One way this is described in 12 step programs is "avoiding sticky situations."
Paddling through the impact zone can also present hazards for other surfers who are riding waves towards shore and not expecting to encounter someone paddling out. Letting go selfishness in recovery and being considerate of those around us becomes a win-win situation. The ocean can teach the lesson that there is a right time to exercise patient and a time to seize opportunity.