Earth People

An appreciative client just came by and dropped off a 750 of 12-year-old single malt whiskey. I gave it to a co-worker who drinks, and my biggest problem was choosing who to give it to.

Amazing, though, how people assume that booze is always a welcome gift. I guess drinkers think it would be, and Earth People never think about it one way or the other…it’s just a nice thing to do. And it was, and I appreciate it. My co-worker will, too. I just hope he doesn’t waste it on the rocks with soda.

Someone once asked me how the term Earth People came to be used to refer to those who are not members of our little recovery clique. I have no idea if I’m right, but I suspect it was intended first to be humorous and, second, to avoid using the term “normal people.”

First of all, who’s to say what’s normal — and I don’t mean that rhetorically. Those of us with a well-worn program of recovery may be more normal than the Earth People. Or not. Maybe being emotionally, spiritually and socially healthy isn’t really normal at all. Who knows? I do know one thing: if there’s such a thing as normal, some of us are, and some of us aren’t. That’s as far as I’ll go with it.

What I do know is that I’m not going to refer to anyone in this program as “abnormal,” and using normal to refer to non-recovering folks is, in effect, doing exactly that. So I have friends in the program, and some of my friends are Earth People. Some are also Earth People who need a program, but that’s neither for me to say, nor any of my business.

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