repost from sober grace: can you teach an old dog new tricks?

doggie rehabWhile I’d love to quote at length from this amazing essay from jamilynaz at Sober Grace, it would do much more justice for you to read the whole thing and take time to 1) ponder her nakedly honest words and what it cost her to commit them to public consideration, and 2) balance the truth of her words against your posture and place in your own healing journey.

This deeply moving post  stopped this old dog smack on top of his smart phone as he read through it several times. While the whole thing is painfully relevant to me, there were a few lines that simply got drilled into my frontal lobes:

“I’ve heard it said that the two reasons that people really change are:  they have learned enough to want to change, or they have been hurt enough to want to change.  When it comes to getting sober, for me it took both.  I had been so hurt by others, but more so by myself, that I had to change or I was going to drink myself to death.”

Read the whole thing. This is good stuff.

 

 

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About greg w

I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best song writer of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. And I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better.

2 thoughts on “repost from sober grace: can you teach an old dog new tricks?

    1. greg w Post author

      You’re so gracious. After four years of sobriety, doing this blog is my way of serving at Club East. I used to be a blogging maniac a number of years ago, but I’ve calmed down in these recent years. We’ll see how this all works out.

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