Rachel Platten sings Fight Song and the lyrics remind me of something a friend wrote to me: One time during my career I was feeling like there was no hope. Just then a fellow employee told me a few words that I have never forgotten and I apply them to all aspects of my life, “It’s never over unless you quit.”
My reflection: Fight Song and the words from my friend, “It’s never over unless you quit,” blend together with something my dad once told me. When Jeff was embroiled in his addiction, I asked my father, “When can I quit worrying? When he’s 18, when he’s 21? When, Dad?” His response was clear, “When you’re a parent, there is no quit.”
Today’s Promise to consider: Life can be difficult and addiction can be suffocating, but “It’s never over unless you quit.” The lyrics of Fight Song speak to our need to be strong for ourselves and those we love.
This is my fight song
Take back my life song…
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me2796
What a joy your Rachel is!!! I could just hug her. I sing this song with my daughter and we cry together….tears of hope and tears that indicate “the fight” that continues. I should be pretty wise after being the parent of addicts for so many years, but my journey continues as well, as does my hope (most days) and desire to find peace in my daily living….praying for all addicts peace within themselves. We will all keep on fighting! Hugs and blessings to you and yours, Libby
I tried to quit. I walked into my attorney’s office one day. I looked him in the eye and said, “I want to legally disown my son. I want him out of the family.” I said, “I want to place a legal disclaimer in the paper indicating he is no longer a family member of my family and I want his picture published in the notice.” I will never forget the look on his face. He declined my request. The insanity that addiction creates in our families makes us do and say the craziest things!
The best times of my life with my son and his addiction is when I learned the difference between enabling and helping. We can be a sportive influence and help our children reach their recovery date sooner rather than later. We just have to educate ourselves fully on the disease of addiction and use professional counseling and support groups to help us in this journey. Libby’s book, “Stay Close” is a book I highly recommend reading.
In prayer for all who suffer from this disease.