It seems like sometimes dreams exist to teach us things. Last night there was a very long dream sequence in which a deceased relative was a raging alcoholic. At one point I had to help him off the floor, and when I touched him I instantly saw what he had seen, and felt what he was feeling. It was like 100% empathy for that person. I immediately felt, “Wow, if I had been through these things I might be in the same shape myself,” so rather than feeling pity for him I felt empathy. I got him up into a chair and said, “Talk to me.” He tried to brush me off, but when I told him what I had seen and felt he began weeping and I hugged him for a while.
I’ve been a fan of Joe Walsh for a while, especially since meeting a friend back in 2013 that had a drug and alcohol problem. Here are a few quotes from him from an article titled, Creating While Clean (Sober musicians on how to thrive creatively without drugs or booze):
Most of my buddies are dead. And for some reason, I am not.
I would say I’m a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have 25 years of sobriety. But the important thing is, I haven’t had a drink today.
How do you say it? “A huge ego with no self-esteem.”
I was that scared little kid again. And I managed to get some consecutive days of sobriety, and I went to some AA meetings, and I realized, “I can’t say my life got better, but it stopped getting worse.” And that was huge. So I stuck around. And I realized that I’m not one of a kind and unique and different from everybody else. I’m an alcoholic. And a big light went off, and I didn’t feel alone anymore.
I can’t say this to you in ink. I can pencil it in: I know I’m good today.
My life has got better beyond my wildest imagination.
(And if you’ve never heard it before, here’s his song, One Day At A Time.)