Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

by John on December 21, 2011

I received some sad news this week about a former colleague/friend who has fallen upon some hard times.

Now we’ve all been faced with challenges this year however this news is a bit tough to take because it’s taking place in a very public forum. I don’t care who you are but when you have to read about a former colleague/friend of yours unraveling in the press, well let’s just say there isn’t a page in the “How to deal with it” friendship manual.

That got me thinking about what more I could have done to help? Would they have been amenable to my offer of help? Did I truly do enough to intervene?

When I reflected on those questions, my heart was heavy but I realized that there was nothing more that I could do. Having seen so many issues as a young person as it relates to alcohol abuse and being on the receiving end of some of those issues has just exhausted me. Years ago, I made the conscious decision to seek help and I know I’m still a work in progress, but I realized that in order to get better I needed to do something.

Every Christmas, I always ask for/pray for world peace. It seems this year; I’m going to have to add some additional things to that simple prayer. I hope that they’ve finally hit the bottom and that they can dry out. I hope that soon, we’ll all be able to find it in our hearts to forgive them for their transgressions and their faults.

Peace to you and your families this holiday season.

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