I do love Vermont and the wonderful people but I am rethinking my view of alcohol. I never really cared for the stuff and I am not in favor of prohibition. Yet I am just amazed shocked and heartbroken at the devestation it causes in a small town.
I have hardly lived a sheltered life and I witnessed the devestation of drugs in our inner cities. I never got used to it or accepted it. I learned to live with it like it was death and innevitable.
Yet I can not write these words without being heartbroken. I am watching people commit suicide in slow motion. In many ways this is frustrating but I am but a small person. Alcohol has a draw I can not fathom but I pity those who stop eating for a shot.
Each and every day I count my blessings. I understand that life is fleeting and I am blessed with a wonderful family and great friends including 90% of you who read this. The key to happiness is within each and every one of us. Do not worry about your neighbors and keeping up. When life gets you down remember there is someone out there who has it worse then you. There is no crime in falling down but there is shame in not having the honor to pick one's self up.
We are all not here forever so tell the people important in your lives that you love them. If you fall hold your hand out and do not let pride get in your way of help.
Alcoholism is heartbreaking, evil and a tragic waste of a life.