No Regrets For the Dark Side

 

Just a thought to ponder for today…

A friend texted; “When I drove through LA last, I had waves of memories flood in. Dark, triggering, exciting, emotional, a mixed bag. It’s okay though. I don’t regret any of it. I just don’t want to repeat it.” (Los Angeles was where he’d done most of his damage and, eventually, hit bottom courtesy the LAPD.)

Later, when I texted back asking him to clarify the “no regret” thing, he added, “We do not regret the past, nor do we wish to shut the door on it.” That a quote directly from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. But then he said, “Joseph, how would we be uniquely qualified to carry the message if we haven’t been to the dark side?”

One of my favorite quotes from holocaust survivor and philosopher-psychologist Viktor Frankl:

“What is to give light must endure burning.”