Day 31: Our Collective Landscape

“Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems

In past Dryuarys we included daily music videos and some of you have let us know that you missed them this year. So I thought I would include one that I thought portrayed this wonderful Dryuary 2022! community in this last post. (By the way, you’ll be able to let us know if you want us to bring back the music video next year by participating in the Dryuary 2022! Feedback Survey we’ll be sending out tomorrow.)

We started off this month talking about our personal landscapes and that’s how we’ll end it. Some of us might be looking at a brave new world we didn’t know existed. Some of us have rediscovered a landscape we’ve cleared before, only to have it become littered with the flotsam and jetsam with which over-drinking strews our shores again. Maybe we thought we’d get more cleared away this month? Maybe we got tired and gave up the rejuvenation effort now and again but then returned to begin the work again? Maybe we became overwhelmed and gave up completely and there’s still work to do.

There’s always still work to do. We all get tired at times. We all get overwhelmed. We all give-up for a while.

“I can’t promise you that you won’t be tired, he says. But please know this. There’s a lot of good waiting for you on the other side of tired. Get yourself tired, Andre. That’s where you’re going to know yourself. On the other side of tired.”

― Andre Agassi, Open

This month was not a test of our capabilities and endurance. Capabilities and endurance change and grow as long we don’t give up for good. This month’s purpose was to expose our possibilities, the possiblities that became accessible the minute we signed up for Dryuary 2022!. That is the moment as individuals we went from being “I” or “Me” to being “Us” and “We.”

Even if we didn’t achieve all the possibilities we thought we would, we have all those possiblities still in reach because now we can see them.

This month, instead of focusing and working soley on our own landscapes, we were able to share in the work that others were doing to change their landscapes. We gave and received inspiration and encouragement. We shared tools. We cheered each other on-wave on wave. Our solo efforts became collective efforts, our determination was fortified by community-One equal temper of heroic hearts.

Now is the time of the month when we urge all of you to keep hanging out and working together as you make your-I mean our-rejuvenation an ongoing process. We’re not going anywhere and we hope you aren’t either. We hope we’ll keep working side-by-side with each of you in our other online communities or/and meetings.

Because you know what? You’re us now. Even if you strike out on your own, and we all do that from time to time, we’ll be right here ready to welcome you back.

Public Announcements:

We will be sending you an email in the next day or two asking you to participate in our Dryuary 2022! Feedback Survey. Please take a few minutes to help us make Dryuary the best it can be! We promise not to bug you after we send the survey email. In fact, this email group will be archived until next year when we open registration for Dryuary 2023!. We will send you a notification then.

We are grateful to every one who has supported Dryuary 2022! by donating this month. Thank you! If you haven’t donated and would like to, please click on the link button at the bottom of this email or on the link on the Dryuary website. .

You may not know it, but abstinence is not really our specialty, that’s why we’re called “Moderation” Management. A couple of years ago, we developed a program called Kickstart Moderation to introduce or re-introduce moderation tools and techniques to particpants. Like Dryuary, each Kickstart lasts a month. Every day we send an inspirational email and there is a private Kickstart facebook group but we also include daily tools and tasks and weekly meetings. We’re planning to offer our next Kickstart Moderation in April. If you would like to be notified when registration is open, please contact us moderationmonth@moderation.org.