My Muslim son-in-law has never had a drop of alcohol. His father told him not to and the Quran told him not to—so he doesn’t. My grandmother never had a drop of alcohol either, but me—I have. I am not an alcoholic, but I like to have a drink. I have talked about not drinking—and sometimes I don’t have any for a long time, but today I had some wine—then I had some chocolate which I had also decided not to have (remember yuck!) So now I have a choice. I can feel bad or I can get on with my life and feel great.
I have decided to feel great. Being a Life Warrior is not about being anything other than having a wonderful life—a life free of depression, free of beating ourselves up and free of being the critical parent. One of the most important combat moves to trick depression is not to kick yourself. If you did something you said you were not going to do, please forgive yourself and move on. Having alcohol for me is about sharing a glass of wine at dinner with friends and that’s what I did. Whatever you have done, which you said you would not do, never feel bad about it. Forgive yourself.
There was a man who died on the cross so that we could be forgiven; it doesn’t matter if you believe that or not—it happened. So let’s take that into our hearts and forgive ourselves. We are human beings and sometimes we do and say things we regret; but feeling guilty my friend does not help. It does not make it disappear; it just makes us feel guilty.
Today my friend, forgive yourself—forgive others and you will feel the love of the man they call Jesus come into your heart. Whether you are a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist or a Jew, there was a man called Jesus and he forgives you—enjoy and bask in that my friend.