Remember to Keep It Simple in Addiction Recovery

C’mon People!

“C’mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try and love one another right now.”

– The Youngbloods
Don’t we sometimes just need a knock upside the head to get our attention? Has it ever crossed our minds that maybe God puts obstacles and detours in our life on purpose and while it frustrates the living daylights out of us, it is the path we need to go? Don’t we need to sometimes just wake up and suck it up?

21st-century living is very fast-paced and divisive by nature. We are consumed with money, advancement and especially immediate, on-demand happiness never experienced before by any previous generation. We are trying to keep everything straight and everyone straight. It can get very noisy and confusing. Its demanding nature kind of lulls us into a mental and spiritual paralysis. Personally, I liked the last millennium a lot more. But since we can’t go back in time, not yet, we’re just going to have to find a way to get through it with big smiles on our faces. That starts with getting real with ourselves, getting back to the basics.


C’mon people, isn’t it about time that we quit complaining about everything? We don’t have it all that bad. We might not be in the house or drive in the car that we would like or have the ideal job or spouse, but we are protected and cared for nonetheless. So, we don’t have everything that we want today; that’s just too bad for all of us. It’s the way that it unavoidably is at times. We simply have to choose if we’re going to pout or punt.

C’mon people, nobody is better than anybody else and nobody is any worse. We are all God’s creations and every one of us have an equal right to be here. We were meant to live and let live, not kill and be killed. When we quit loving our brother, we eventually hate ourselves.

C’mon people, God loves us and there’s nothing we can do about it. Why do we forget this? Why is this not enough for us? Is it because we’re still just terribly selfish and out for ourselves? In all honesty, every last one of us should be happier than hell all the time because no matter how unworthy we are of it, we’re loved by God and that’s a great thing. That’s everything.

C’mon people, we’re just hurting because we’re not doing the things we need to do to get better. Regardless of our pain, we ask God to help us rise above it and with His help, we do. I refuse to listen to anybody that doesn’t believe this who hasn’t tried it for themselves. Everyone I am aware of who legitimately tried trusting God came away a winner. Everyone, every time.

C’mon people, it is time to change. It’s time to quit fighting everything and everybody and trying to make everything happen. No one was issued a magic wand. Life requires flexibility. It is time to bring life down to its lowest common denominator. It is time to start enjoying the individual moments of our life and not the major events that are usually nothing but the brainchildren of our selfishness.

C’mon people, we can’t do this alone. None of us can. Let us in some small way come together with everybody at least a little bit. Let us declare peace between us all; let us clear the air between us all. Let us finish our unfinished business. I have never seen anyone on their deathbed say I wish I would have been a meaner son of a gun in my life and hurt more people. We have to do something good today if we are ever going to have any hope of enjoying the lives we live absent disappointment, resentment and regret.

C’mon people, I’ll do this without you, but I would rather do it with you.

Thank you

James A. Francetich is a freelance writer and author. The opinions expressed are solely of the author and do not represent any community based recovery programs, private or public entities or any governmental agencies.

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