Once upon a time, there was a man. Everyday, for ten years, he went to the same bar. He spent time with the same people and drank the same drink. One day, the man decided he was going to become sober. So sure was he of his need to be free from his addiction, that he told everyone of his plan and entered AA.
A few days later, on a Sunday, his buddy called him. He asked him to meet him at the bar and watch the game. The man thought about it, and was sure he could handle it; he would go to the bar, see his friends, watch the game and leave.
That Sunday, the man went to the bar. He sat down with his buddies and began watching the game. Before the end of the fourth quarter, the man had many beers and had squarely convinced himself that he was happy with his life at the bar.
So, what happened? Why did he go back? Why couldn't he say no to the beer?
This story isn't about a man with an alcohol problem. Well, it could be, but this is a parable about life. It's a story about how we must take the time to heal ourselves and recognize that we deserve that time. In our lives, with any dysfunctional situation, there is a time to heal. How long that time is depends on the individual and the situation. We cannot return to a place or a situation until we have the coping skills to functionally manage it and come out happy and empowered.
In 2011, give yourself some time to heal.
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
~ Mother Teresa ~