dressed in white,
sun at his back,
rode into town.
My gang took
in the wasted
of my mind.
strutted on a roof top.
hid under a wagon.
lingered by the saloon.
calm. The air
People who are familiar with a Twelve-Step recovery program understand the emphasis put on rigorous honesty.
Newcomers who wish to follow the suggestions provided in the Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous), often find it challenging to adhere to this fundamental principle.
So much of what works in the field of addictions is about making progress, not anticipating perfection, and that applies to all of us.
Earnest attempts at rigorous honesty serve as a basis for success in our families, our work and our friendships. I wrote this doggerel poem over 40 years ago. But whenever I feel my old gang of behaviors creeping back, I still look to the horizons of my mind for that honest, gunslinging hero.
About the author
Since founding The Change Companies® in 1988, Don has worked with approximately 150 agencies and corporations, tailoring Interactive Journals to serve those working and participating in the caring professions. His collaborative efforts in substance use, justice services, impaired driving, healthcare and education have consistently focused on helping individuals explore the process of positive personal change.
Earlier in his career, Don worked in many industries, including hotel management, publishing, higher education administration and healthcare business development. Along the way, he created numerous companies, experiencing both successes and failures. Many of these life lessons and joyous observations found their way into Don’s recent book, The Adventures of Binder-Man.
Don is most proud and appreciative of the outstanding employees who have shaped The Change Companies® for over two decades.
Word of the Week
In the 14th Century, the Middle English word dogge (for “dog”) was first used to describe irregular or faulty poetic verse, hinting, perhaps, that the writing was only fit for dogs. Although initially applied to verse form, “doggerel” came to describe many trivial or nonsensical efforts.