One of the hardest things to do before rehab is saying goodbye. For me, saying goodbye to my spouse and kids was heartbreaking, but necessary. On one side, I knew that I was doing the right thing, but on the other side, it killed me to know I would be gone for almost three months. I had to keep convincing myself, almost hourly, that I was making the right choice.
St: Patrick’s Day: The Reason for the Season
For many, St. Patrick’s Day is a reason to get drunk with friends and celebrate Irish culture. A lot of people who “celebrate” the holiday do not know what they are celebrating. Saint Patrick was a man who did a lot for the Irish and his story should not be forgotten. The day commemorates the life of a man who accomplished more than most of us do within one lifetime. His story dates back to around 385 A.D in Roman Britain. His family was well-connected to the Roman Empire since his father was an official for it.
At the young age of 16, Patrick had his childhood ended. He was taken captive by pirates. Once they took him to Ireland, he was sold into slavery. For six years, he prayed 100 times a day as he herded sheep each day by himself. Eventually, he heard a voice that his ship had come in and he went home once he reached the ship. Yet, Patrick would not remain in Britain for too long during his 20s. He eventually encountered another spiritual experience that was God calling him back to Ireland to help the Irish people. Patrick spent the last 30 years of his life pushing the Druids out of Ireland. He ordained priests, baptized pagans, founded monasteries and churches.
He was able to put an end to human sacrifice, slavery, and warfare that went on in Ireland. The story goes that he banished snakes from Ireland. While he might have accomplished converting much of Ireland to Christendom, many see the snakes as metaphorical for paganism. For the Irish, the holiday means attending Catholic mass or church service to celebrate the life of the great man. Still for others, especially Americans, it means going out to party. Now that you know the story of the man behind the myth, maybe you will celebrate the day of the famed Irish saint in other ways this year.
About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery, and the entertainment industry.