LIFE SUCKS BETTER CLEAN is an information and relief source for those in recovery from addiction and those thinking about getting clean. Unapproved program wisdom here with contributions from NA, AA, and other 12 Step program members: Some laughs, some hints, some tears, a bit of grit now and then, and a lot of hope.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
JUST WHAT ARE OLD-TIMERS GOOD FOR?
A very old dog was in the jungle
looking for something to eat when he looked up and realized he didn't know
where he was. "I'm so stupid," he said. "I can't believe I let
myself get lost." He wandered around trying to find his way out of the
jungle when he noticed a huge panther moving rapidly though the brush heading
in the old dog's direction. "Unless I think of something quickly,"
said the dog, "I'm lunch."
Looking around, the old dog saw some
bones on the ground. He settled down with his back to the approaching cat and
began gnawing on the bones and saying loudly, "My, my, but that was one
delicious panther! I wonder if there are any more of them around here."
Hearing this, the young panther stopped
dead and in a panic turned and crept off into the jungle away from the old
mongrel dog, whispering to himself," "That was a close call. That old
dog nearly had me."
There was a young squirrel who had been
watching from a tree as the drama below played out. He decided to use his
knowledge in trade to the panther for the cat's protection. The squirrel
caught up with the panther and told the cat what he saw. The squirrel then
struck a deal with the panther for the squirrel's protection.
The young panther was furious at being
tricked and said, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what I'm going
to do to that old dog!"
The old dog, still wandering around
trying to find his way out of the jungle, saw the young panther with the young
squirrel on his back charging toward him. He looked around but there weren't
any bones. So the old dog sat with his back to the rushing panther, began
licking his paw, and said loudly, "Just where is that damned squirrel? I
sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!"
Moral of the story? Don't mess with old
dogs. They know a thing or two because they've seen a thing or two. Both wisdom
and brilliantly crafted bullshit come only with age and experience.
What does this have to do with staying
clean in recovery? Now you just meditate on that and answer your own question.