Reconnecting with the World and Our Innate Humanity:

Six Mutual Rights of Spiritually Sensitized People

Typically, in a relationship, there are certain rituals, modalities of behavior and etiquette, through which an average person is able to show mutuality, affection, compassion, respect, fulfillment of expectation, etc. These expressions cement and nurture our communal life. Beyond these matters, for people who accept spiritual transcendence, there are certain mutual rights and duties that bind them into brotherhood. In being kind and considerate to such others in certain specific ways, one bends one’s will to the Will of the Almighty. That is truly an act of submission or worship for it meets with His expectation and consequently garners His pleasure.

To say the least, people with addiction have lost touch with family, friends and the larger society. Responsibilities have been ignored, kindness has gone missing, etiquettes have been abridged, and harshness has been introduced. For healing wounds and restoring relationships and to bring balance back into one’s life, taking care of relational formalities can only be another indispensable tool in a recovering addict’s toolkit.

So, below are six norms of behavior, connective social sinews that both addicts and non-addicts who value submission must follow unfailingly. These then are the rights of a submitter upon another submitter.

  1. Upon seeing or meeting a person, greet him with a blessed greeting, and expect to be responded to in return with at least as much enthusiasm.
  2. When an invitation to eat together is made in good faith, with a decent wish, and as friendly overture, be sure to accept it. Reject regretfully only in exceptional situations.
  3. Whenever advice is sought, provide freely the best, sincere advice that one can muster.
  4. Whenever after sneezing audibly, someone says, “Praise God”, then and only then be sure to return with a “Bless you”.
  5. When someone that one knows falls ill, visit that suffering person as a matter of courtesy and fellowship.
  6. When death visits an acquaintance, attend the burial ceremony unless an exceptional circumstance intervenes.

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Nelson Mandela

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.”
Maya Angelou

“We are only as blind as we want to be.”
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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
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“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

O God, I realize Your presence having been blind before Failing none, to every supplicant You lend Your blessed ear I am turning to You now even if I cared not to do so before With hope and prayer, inside Your high walls I take refuge Afford me clemency, security, and in all my affairs, reliability! Amen

Below, some punch lines hustle and little poems create Easy and handy, like prayers be, for earthly use To dust off and see each day through royally Good luck, fair weather and Godspeed!

O God, Save me from the excessiveness, indignity and hindrance created by “the piece of flesh between the jaws and the piece of flesh between the legs”! Amen

Religiosity appears winded, narrow to some Just like a river, for one given to compare But the river eventually meets up with the sea Imagine with proper religiosity where one could be!

Who hasn’t seen it, can anyone anywhere deny it A storm as it gathers, as it bears down and batters Yet at the end, it must wither and completely disappear? So, surely as the pesky storm, my future is clear with fair weather!