January 31, 2024, the last day of NCAM-National Codependency Awareness Month. During these 31 days, I pray you took the time to research and bring to light the hidden dynamics of addiction and the many excuses we make in order to function.

In my case, denial was the lie I told myself. What me? What us, we don’t have a problem.

Truth is that denial will trip us up every time.

1.

“I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

2.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes me a long time to get out.


3.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault. I get out immediately.

4.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

5.
I walk down another street.”
 Portia NelsonThere’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

The perverse travel a dangerous road, potholed and mud-slick; if you know what’s good for you, stay clear of it. Point your kids in the right direction—    when they’re old they won’t be lost (Proverbs 22:4-6 MSG).