holiday favorite

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“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

dustin’s sober blog post today gave me a smile- for a few reasons really. firstly, his post reflects living in a mess and the havoc that it wreaks upon our psyche. holidays become just days with more holes. empty and dark, just as the depiction of the realm of the hungry ghosts suggests. secondly, it highlights how these dark days become the turning point for change in many peoples’ lives. the darkness becomes so big that it takes on a personality of its own and most often dominates the world it inhabits.

i can relate to these aspects of the addiction and recovery landscape. they echo my own. but the holidays can be double-edged sword because there are so many memories and are a ritual that we trudge through or skip through each year touching upon the very sacred and the primal in us.  these memories can be a slippery slope. many a person slides back down when push and shove become real. the spiritual practices i have in place may be the only protection i have some days from sliding down that slope myself. i have new coping skills and have honed them and invested in them over the years. the light that the holidays have developed over centuries to bring into our hearts and hearths is meant to be a comforting cultural spritual practice providing sustenance to last through the rest of winter. it intends to remind each other we have a past and we have a future.

in my life, this is exactly what it achieves. it provides light by asking me to remember what the value of light is. it offers me the memories of life without light to compare. double-edged sword- those dark days were potent. toxic and potent and memory wiping.

none-the-less i am grateful to have read dustin’s honest holiday offering. it stirred memories of secrets and lies and reinforced the hope and promise of today. thanks to him- and give him a shout.

dustin’s blog- remember the eve of christmas



3 thoughts on “holiday favorite

    Dustin John said:
    December 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Great writing ATP and thank you so much for the shout out! (Damn that cookie looks delicious!) I’ve been fortunate with making clean and vibrant memories for the past few years. Holidays spent with my new wife. (Newish? Well, almost 4 years. Lol) She is Scandinavian and has never experimented with drugs so learning new holiday culture while sober has been amazingly fun and new. I have realized my (brain)schema’s have changed and my thoughts don’t link to old triggers as they did with my cold and sad memories of my past during the holidays. That was a wordy sentence/paragraph! Lol
    Thanks again friend. Good luck and make memories and lots of those cookies! 🙂

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    Sheria said:
    December 17, 2014 at 12:27 am

    There is so much love and kindness in your words that I feel that I’ve been given a big hug! Love the music, Annie Lennox has a glorious way with a song. Happy Holidays, Rod!

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      rod responded:
      December 17, 2014 at 3:39 am

      twas meant to be a hug my friend. glad you got it…


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