Facades

 

Your brilliant, colorful silks

and delicate luxuries

build up dust

and have greatly faded

in the relentless,

harsh sunlight.

 

To much of a good thing, I guess.

 

Part museum,

part mausoleum,

frozen in time.

 

The dates

on boxes and cans

are marked 2005:

when you were last here.

 

Just hiding out

in those beautiful

intricately detailed

custom-made

facades…

 

Ironically, similar

to how you once lived.

 

By the World’s standards,

you once had 

everything

 

Rooms galore,

intense, blinding beauty

all around…

“The Good Life” on 2 shores.

 

Yet, all that outward glamour

and perfection

couldn’t save you

from what was

eating you inside…

 

Your painful fears,

dark doubts,

and dangerous pride…

I watch this video, with its upbeat tempo and the good music, and think “facade”.  Amy is singing about her failed attempts at getting sober, clean, and healthy. But, you would hardly know that by watching the dancing crowd and band players. All I see though, as I have lived a long life as a daughter of an alcoholic, is despair and pain. Money, power, fame, even talent, can become facades to hide behind…if we are not careful and discerning. There is a reason why “The Serenity Prayer” is the main prayer read at AA and Al-Anon meetings! We can not do it without our God!

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

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