War in a Foreign Land
by Christian Thomas Golden
It’s tough work, rebuilding foundations. You’ve either got to lift the entire building or tear it all down, to start with. Then begins the demolishing of the old foundation. You better go in with all you got! Who knows what’s hidden in there? There are standards from which builders would ideally draw when the foundation was first built. This, of course, does not – by any means – guarantee that said builders referred to those standards. The foundation is likely to be of different size, material, and design than agreed upon by any two masons.
Think of how frustrating this must be.
Now, apply this to addictions, relationships, habits, behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and compulsions.
When attempting to address any human tendency, be prepared to be surprised (oxymoron? paradox?). Expect the unexpected. Hope for the best, but be ready for the worst.
It’s a noble cause, you’ve taken up. Be diligent. Remember to take care of yourself first, that you might be better able to equip your audience with tools necessary to overcome obstacles in their own lives.
Keep it as simple as possible.
Remember and be mindful of the proverb: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, feed him for the rest of his life.”