Charlie was stranded; his plane crashed on a desert island. With few survivors, they all had to work together to stay alive. But Charlie wasn’t sure he’d make it. Years of playing in his popular band had made him a bit soft.
It wasn’t being unaccustomed to hardship that weighed on him, though. It was his drug addiction—the nasty habit he’d picked up on his way to stardom. He felt completely powerless to it and, worse, his supply was running low.
One day, another survivor, John, caught Charlie in the woods, indulging himself. Charlie looked completely weak and pathetic—no control over himself or his world. Thinking quickly, John saw an opportunity to help Charlie become the strong, resilient person he needed to be to survive in their harsh environment.
He scooped the drugs away from Charlie and told him, “I’m keeping these for now. If you want them back, you can ask me for them. On the third time, I’ll give them to you.
Charlie protested and begged for the drugs back right then. That’s when John explained:
You’re going to run out one way or another. Difficult days of withdrawal lie ahead for you. Now you have a choice. You are the one who gets to decide how your addiction ends. And choice is the most important thing you have. It’s the only thing separating us from animals acting on their base instincts.
That quote is paraphrased. Never mind that, though. Charlie and John are both fictional characters from the popular TV drama, Lost, that I recently started watching.
But Charlie’s predicament is very real—in one way or another—for many of us. It’s easy to become lost in your own bad habits, letting life lead you around by the nose. And John’s solution is a valuable one, as well.
The choices you make for yourself will determine whether life is something you lead… or something that leads you.… Continue Reading →