12. Sharks and Dolphins
The next day I was running a group while Max The New Guy dealt with a crisis. A group member with three DUIs claimed he was a social drinker. He listed all he had in common with his brother who didn’t seem to have a problem with alcohol.
I said, “Dolphins and sharks have a lot in common. They swim in the same waters. They both eat fish. They have powerful, smooth bodies that let them race through the water. On the other hand, if you fell overboard, you might soon discover they are very different creatures.”
Most of the group members seemed to get my point. One man said only idiots fell overboard. An argument broke out about the best way to deal with a hungry shark. I realized how easy it could be to lose the meaning in the details of the message.
Today I will look for the meaning in the message.
Sober Not Somber © 2015 by Ken Montrose
(Just a reminder: Sober Not Somber is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone you might know is purely coincidental.)