As a priest/pastor, I need and hope to help people to conquer their addictions, for example, alcohol. At first, we need to distinguish what might be considered normal use of alcohol, for example, from dependent or addictive use of alcohol (and a variety of other substances and “things”).
In his book, “Addiction and Pastoral Care”, Nicholas Roberts quotes different experts’ definitions of addiction, addiction “is a syndrome in which a reward seeking behaviour has become out of control” and “an excessive desire for the consumption of a variety of drugs and difficulties in giving up their use…”
According to these definitions, I do not think my normal enjoyment of coffee should not be considered an addiction. At least, I can have my days without coffee, but what about my cell phone? Are there any harms if I have been addicted to the cell phone?
When I am reading “Just for today” (one of the textbooks for the Narcotics Anonymous group) this morning, I am reminded that “Though I may be feeling low, I don’t need to tear someone down to build myself up…The way to build our self-esteem is not to tear others down but to build them up through love and positive concern. To help us with this, we can ask ourselves if we are contributing to the problem or to the solution. Today, we can choose to build instead of destroy”.
Today, I choose to build. What/how about you? What/how about tomorrow?
Ilchi Lee once said,
“When you make choices, please remember: what is good for you but not good for others won’t be good for you either, eventually; what’s good for you and others but not good for the Earth won’t be good for you or others either, eventually; what’s good for you, others, and the Earth will be good for all.”
People make bad choices all the time. That is why we have war, violence, pollution and…
Remember, make choices that are good for all. Otherwise, the choice you make eventually won’t be good for you either.
Debasish Mridha once said ” Let the power of your love change the world, but never let the problems of this world change the beauty of your love”. This is a good reminder that the power of our love is greater than the problem of this world. The problem of this world, hatred, violence, anti-intellectual, exclusiveness, bias, fear…need to be solved and healed by our love. My friends, together, we have the power to change the world. The question is if you believe and you are willing to exercise this power, LOVE.
Do you know the difference between “the power of love” and “the love of power”? Do you know the consequence of these two? William Ewart Gladstone once said, “When the power of love will replace the love of power, then will our world know the blessings of peace”. Looking at the world today (March 2022), you may know why some parts of the world is not at peace now and how we can have peace. My friends, choose “LOVE”, “PEACE” will come.