Everyone gets angry and frustrated. It’s just a part of the human condition. It’s also a part of the human condition that the people who have been through the hardest times in their lives come out of those experiences with a degree of reflective ability and self-confidence that people who’ve always been on Easy Street can never seem to obtain. In a world based on the relative structures of things, it may seem unfair, but the people who have been to the darkest places have to opportunity to show off the brightest lights.
This was the thesis that was put forward by a group of monks in the San Francisco area just last week. These particular monks may not look all that much different than any other set of monks you might see wandering around a major metropolitan area, but in fact there is at least one vital difference – the leader of this particular group was a sever alcoholic for most of his life.
Though never a danger to himself or others, Frederick Fitzgerald has been drinking for as long as he can remember. Rough estimates indicated that he has been readily drunk since almost before he was a teen ager. His home life was not troubled, but his mind always was, and he turned to alcohol to at least put his soul in a place that was sedated enough for him to function as a human being.
“I don’t remember who first told me to go to an alcohol rehab center,” said Fitzgerald. “I’ve never really had any friends or have been in much contact with my family, ever since a young age. Some stranger must have caught my ear just long enough to plant that seed of an idea.”
Once inside a program, he finally got the help that he needed to get control of himself, and with all of the pain and trouble of the past now dealt with, he found that he could stay calm and relaxed in almost any situation, even when other people were absolutely freaking out.
His calm attitude was slowly noticed by the people around him, who began to follow his more relaxed way of life. Soon Fitzgerald was writing down the basic precepts by which he lived, and the way that he got there. Ultimately, his group became one of the most influential in the greater San Francisco area.