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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Step One

Step One : "We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable."
  I wasn't going to comment on this, but all of my friends and a few of my enemies have been yammering on about the plight of Lindsay Lohan since she was sentenced to 90 days in the slammer, so I will give you my 2 cents.

  For those of you who don't pay attention to tabloids like TMZ or the tabloid journalism of CNN, the star of Disney classics like Freaky Friday was hit with due punishment for blatantly violating the terms of her probation stemming from 2 DUI convictions, among other things. And I say it is about time.

  Keep in mind that it wasn't a celebrity who drove a large horsepower vehicle dangerously and under the influence of a swimming pool full of booze and drugs, but a potential killer. Innocent people have their time on our planet shortened by impaired and reckless drivers on a daily basis. And she was caught not once, but twice in a rather brief period of time.
  Given her profile, she was given a slap on the wrist but mandated to comply with certain restrictions, like attending educational classes in the hopes of getting to the bottom of her addictive behaviours. And time and again, she has snubbed her nose at such requirements, even after massive concessions were made. And the punishment required under the law for repeatedly thinking you are above penalty for the crimes you have committed is incarceration. That's the bottom line.

  It has been her modus operandi to lie and blame others, but if you do it in jail, you're not escaping without some permanent damage.

  Lindsay, my advice to you is this : do your time for yourself. Don't act entitled and don't piss off any detoxing junkies or hoodrats. Use the time out to reflect on your life and what you want it become. Rid you life of the negative influences in it, including your own irrational thinking that got you into trouble in the first place. If you use this break to focus on what is really important instead of feeling sorry for yourself, it will be time well spent. And when you do get out, comply with the educational and rehabilitative standards before you without excuses- if you can take time for a shopping adventure at Dior, you have the time to go to an AA meeting.

  I can agree that nobody enjoys being told what to do by others, but if you take the steps required to better your soul and to obey the laws set forth to protect others you can take back control of your life. Freedom cannot be taken away from someone unless they take it from themselves.

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