I’ve been off the grid for the last few days on vacation, and just got to a WiFi connection. As a result, I hadn’t seen the news about the U.S. credit rating reduction. Sometimes you get lucky.
With no intention of creating a political discussion here, and the assurance that I’ll ignore one if it starts, I have to say that to those of us attuned to addictive thinking it’s obvious that our government acts — or, rather, reacts — like a seriously dysfunctional family. It reminds me of the old program saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
It’s good for me to be reminded that we have to break out of our old ways of thinking and looking at problems if we’re ever to have a chance at finding solutions. I know people who have been clean for many years, yet have never gotten past the passive-aggressive, pouty, tantrum-throwing behavior that typifies us addicts and alcoholics when we run up against the preferences of others.
“My way or the highway” is normal behavior for active addicts, but we have programs of recovery and therapy to help us break out of the old mold and begin to develop the skills we need to interact with each other and society as a whole. When we don’t avail ourselves of those resources instead of behaving the way we used to behave (like spoiled nine-year-olds), then we’re the very definition.
Us addicts are lucky; we have a program that will lead us, if we’re able to give up a bit of ego, to healthy and effective ways of dealing with each other and the rest of the world. Those poor, dysfunctional souls in Washington? All they seem able to do is the same old thing, over and over again. I wonder if they even expect different results, really.
Anyway, I’m enjoying the Rockies and High Plains with my kids and grandkid, and trying to do new things with no expectations at all. However, I do try to remember, as always, my favorite quote from the inimitable Mr. Carlin, who understood us folks all too well:
Just because the monkey’s off your back, it doesn’t mean the circus has left town.
Well, it’s in recess, come to think of it, but relapse is imminent.
Keep on keepin’ on!