Monday, January 3, 2011

A Child's Garden of Verses

     A very cool guy I knew died a couple years ago. He was a brilliant scientist who invented things that made people and their pets’ lives better. But he also loved so many things…photography, birds, good food, good wine, traveling by train, hiking, Pilates, his children, his wife…

     In the beautiful program his wife put together for his funeral, she quoted one of his favorite sayings. I don’t remember if this is exactly right, but it went something like this: “The world is so full of a number of things; I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings".  Upon researching this quote, I later found out it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in his work entitled A Child's Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  

     I think about that sometimes when I am working with people who have made their lives so small with their addictions.  These people have narrowed their lives to dwell in a tight zone. The drugs effectively keep them from feeling, and indeed offer superb protection from dealing with whatever their reality is.  Of course, a world constructed in such a way that prevents being hurt also minimizes opportunities for finding joy and adventure.

     At The Coleman Institute, we love working with people who think this way!  It’s very cool to help people recognize that they are not their thoughts; that they are people who havethoughts.  When this statement has a moment to sink in, most people stop, get a faraway look on their face, then break into a slow, knowing grin, nodding and or uttering some facsimile of “wow…true that, dude…!”

     Dialing down the resistance, dialing up the willingness; allowing feelings to rise and examining the thoughts from whence they came can allow our world to expand…such a delicious, exquisite pleasure and privilege of being a human.  The first step of course, is taking the plunge to stop using. Give us a call if you are even considering releasing your grip on drugs, and drugs grip on you.  Because the truth is, the world is so full of a number of things, YOU should be as happy as a king (or Queen)!

Joan R. Shepherd, NP

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