I have been sitting, walking, and dancing around my living space today as I try to prepare what I want to converse/present to people who choose to join a workshop I am presenting tomorrow (now today) on Relapse. During a conversation with a friend yesterday I completely revamped the presentation I had conceptualized earlier. The revisions are still coming as I listen to music, watch tv (news and Fleabag), surf the net, and do some self-reflection. I know that the workshop will be good enough as I will benefit from it, I hope at least one other person will find some benefit, and I will do my best to be honest while not harming others.
I was going to open with a song by Richard Thomson, God Loves a Drunk. In my searching for music I defaulted back to the “60s and Fairport Convention which Thomson cofounded. They were an important group in developing the folk-rock genre. He is an all-time great. I have had two family members die of alcoholism in recent years. Brutal way to go. One of the family members had a grandfather, who he never met, die of alcoholism. I’m an atheist and do not take addictive behavior/consequences lightly. I was going to use the song to express love for everyone wherever they are in their recovery process even if they choose not to start recovery as we would like. Too much explaining so instead I will use the following poem which many of the readers of this blog know and talk about the song. Say the poem out loud if so moved
If you a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by the fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
by Shel Silverstein
My addition will be: If you have relapsed, If you are struggling, If you are in pain, If you are alone, If you are…
If you feel like dancing here is a song by Tom Walker, I Will Leave a Light On, that I am pretty sure he wrote to friends suffering from addictions. The version to dance to is the one he sang with The Red Hot Chili Pipers (get it, Pipers).
I know that I am able to do the above from a privileged position. My awareness of my privilege while many are working hard to govern, to keep people medically stable, to keep people safe, to feed others…helps me try to find a place to serve, even if it is only to keep me out of the systems of need. My thoughts are with the five people who died from the events in DC, others suffering from that event (event seems like too small of a word), others suffering from everyday life and Covid-19 related events, including deaths:
From Worldometer: Covid-19 Cases as of January 8,2021
TOTAL CASES: World(W) 89,338,120 US 22,456,902
NEW CASES: W 826,719 US 301,655
TOTAL DEATHS: W 1,920,975 US 378,149
NEW DEATHS: W 14,792 US 3,914
in peace and love