When we were children, how often were we asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I am sure this question was answered by many with the usual responses of, “a police officer, or an astronaut, or a teacher, or a minister etc.” I really don’t know of any child who would respond, “Gee, I think I would like be an alcoholic or a drug addict when I grow up.”
The fact is nobody ever dreams of becoming an alcoholic or a drug addict. Yet, it happens. Some people do, in fact, become just that….addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. They just don’t see it coming or when they have crossed the lines from use to abuse, to dependence. In addition, the person who is addicted to alcohol or drugs spends a lot of time, and money, in service to that addiction in what we refer to a “drug seeking behavior.” Furthermore, they are under the delusion that this type of drug seeking behavior is normal. By the time the addicted person realizes that life is not going to get any better by living in service to the addiction, the person has gotten quite a bit older. Now is the time to wake up and now is the time to change your life for the better.
“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”