Dawgs & Bama
I can tell it's getting to be that time of year by the FB posts and words getting slung back and forth between fans of these two great institutions, Georgia and Alabama. It is especially heightened by the fact that the Dawgs knocked Bama off the proverbial perch of their throne into runner up land.
Coach Nick Saban who is undoubtedly the GOAT of college coaches said these words after the game to Georgia Coach Kirby Smart, You kicked our #$@ in the 4th quarter. Somehow since then, the revenge and excuses level has ramped up beyond anything normal. Truth is Bama has won many Dawgs have one a couple, much is left to be proven on the field.
I say this to remind us that addiction is full of revenge and excuses that lead us to point the finger at everyone else but ourselves. We must make a change and remind ourselves that this addiction has kicked our #$@ and no matter how good we were before it did, we are not that way now. Not until we sober up not until we prove we can beat this can we really talk with any confidence.
On first glance, on paper as they say, we look real good, we can be loaded with talent, but come up short because we are not honest in our assessment of what the problem is. It is us, it's always us, and until we are ready to admit that we are not ready to quit. Someone told me last night that there are four refrigerated trailers of bodies of overdose victims in a town in south Georgia of people who never admitted their problem to themselves. That is frightening.
Not sure if this analogy hits home with anyone, but just because we have done well before does not guarantee any success once this thing we call addiction has kicked our #$@. We have no control unless we put it in the hands of the God who understands us and has the power to heal us, after all he is the original GOAT.
As for the Dawgs & Bama I look forward to this season with great anticipation, but this is all about games. Addiction on the other hand, that is about life and death, let's make sure we are ready to play in the 4th Quarter!
Randy DeWitt Maddox
8/23/2022 09:24:37 pm
Coach Kirby Smart (UGA) has a sign that hangs in his office with the word, "W.I.N." The Motto represented by the sign is, "What's Important Now". Coach Smart explained the sign's importance to his life by sharing how every morning when he enters his office, he looks to that sign as a reminder to focus on "What's Important Now". What steps and actions must he focus on that day to achieve the best result in preparing himself and his team for the next game or season. Past Wins and Losses, although recorded in history books, can't be relied upon to guarantee future Success or Failure in sports or in life. In a way, Addiction can be viewed likewise. Addiction has caused many to fail, use, relapse along the way, but those past Losses don't have to define one's future. Every day is a "New Game" and the Addict has to focus on "What's Important Now" in order to keep WIN-ing the battle against addiction. Yes, reflecting on past losses, bad days caused by yielding to one's addiction, can be useful in reminding the Addict why they don't want to experience those Losses again and also for encouraging the Addict to strive toward the Wins and Victories over Addiction that can still be Won and Celebrated in the days, weeks, and years to come.
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.