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Humor and company make the journey easier

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. February 27, 2010

I was profoundly gratified to see the very positive response to my blog about Al-Anon. For many years, I regularly attended a Friday evening program for help coming to grips with the nightmare of alcoholism in our family. The participants were supportive, not judgmental. They didn't offer advice but rather shared their own experiences. I should also add that these were some of the funniest people I've ever met. When faced with unbelievable challenges, sometimes it's our humor that gets us through.

I remember at one meeting a woman made the comment that you can't be funny if you've never suffered. She supported her assertion with the observation that the best comedians come from the most oppressed and marginalized groups in society. Indeed, I can think of no truly durable comedian who grew up in an environment of privilege and prosperity.

I'm grateful for the wise contributions of my fellow pilgrims. We learn so much from one another.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Feb. 27, 2010