“My country ‘tis of Thee, sweet land of liberty…”
I woke up in the middle of last night with this song in my heart.
“Sweet land of liberty.”
As I lay there pondering the way I do at times, the concept of liberty spun around in my soul. A swell of gratitude consumed me. I became painfully aware of the price of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The gratitude deepened within my state of sobriety.
No sobriety, no freedom.
Sobriety offers me the clarity of soul needed to more fully appreciate liberation.
As a nation, we are liberated from what?
The rule of another country?
Adherence to the values of others?
The imposition of morals to which I may disagree?
In sobriety, I am liberated from what?
An unmanageable lifestyle?
A life which lacked control?
An absence of social mindfulness?
Either of these lists can be expanded for pages. The point seems rather obvious. Liberty offers us a change in responsibilities. As a nation, we are liberated from the imposition of morals and values of other nations. As such, we take on the responsibility of exercising rights and responsibilities to each other in order to enjoy the benefits of a peaceful society. Yet, we find ourselves immersed in social discontent and hostility. Is this the due process of freedom?
In sobriety, we are free of the irresponsible relationship to our addiction and the evil side effects to ourselves, families, communities and society in general. We also take on the responsibilities of changing our lifestyles in surrender to a Higher Power. We come to enjoy the fruits of our pain and suffering. We are sustained in serenity, courage and wisdom. We are mindful of our need for each other to fulfill our experience, strength and hope.
We experience an odd paradox of liberation with responsibility. For me, and pray for you as well, the burden of liberated responsibility carries a refreshing clarity of grace and joy. The boundaries of the liberation of sobriety enclose a space of peace beyond understanding. Within these boundaries lie the restful waters that support our future.
Today, we find ourselves celebrating liberty. As a nation, we turn our gratitude toward the men and women who have contributed their lives to obtain and sustain our liberty. As a fellowship, we celebrate the liberation of sobriety. We turn our gratitude toward our Higher Power and each other.
We are a people of liberation. Halleluiah (sing it)