A constant reminder

I know someone currently struggling with addiction.

While desperate to be sober, my friend has been reluctant to go to ‘anonymous’ meetings. As an life-long athiest, they don’t agree with steps that involve turning their ‘life and will over to the care of God’.

This was a disappointment to my friend’s therapist; a strong believer in the 12 step program. In the middle of a long discussion about it, the therapist said….. ‘you are missing the point, you are free to choose your Higher Power. It doesn’t have to be a specific religious deity. Your Higher Power could be your partner, your mother, or your dog.

My friend liked that idea, and thought ‘OK. I can cope with that. My dog is now my Higher Power.’

When I heard about this, I said “good idea …… every time you bend down to pickup your Higher Power’s poop, you will be reminded of your relative position in the relationship’

Scottish by birth and American by choice. Trying to write more clearly, take better photos, and read booksinstead of watching YouTube.

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Gerry McDermott

Scottish by birth and American by choice. Trying to write more clearly, take better photos, and read booksinstead of watching YouTube.