Day 23 – Luckenbach, Texas


Years ago, I was sitting in a meeting and someone (truth is, I can’t remember if the someone was me but since I’m telling the story, we’ll leave it at someone) was lamenting how complicated life had gotten and they needed to get back to the basics.

Then there was this old woman who’d been sober forever. I can’t remember her name but she was always after me. Mostly in a positive way. Encouraging, almost motherly. Almost. She never let me get away with anything, however. Like the time I was feeling frumpy and sorry for myself. She looked me up and down and said no wonder I felt that way…look how I was dressed ๐Ÿ˜‚. She taught me how to own my stuff and not be a victim. She was a tough old bird and I’ll always be grateful for her “tough” love.

Anywho, back to that someone lamenting they needed to get back to the basics.. after that person shared she raised her hand and said something along the lines “honey, there are only basics. You go to meetings, you don’t drink, you call your sponsor, and you work your steps.” And she was absolutely right. But simple feels too simple after we’ve done it for awhile. Surely, there’s a new level to conquer. A new book to read. A new philosophy to follow. Nope – people have been staying sober for decades now following those simple steps.

Luckenbach, Texas

I haven’t thought about that lady in years but she came to mind this afternoon. I discovered this new fabulous Spotify playlist titled Classic Country (the 90s and older) – 90’s considered classic ๐Ÿ™„ but I digress. I’m jamming out, knocking out items on the to-do list when Luckenbach Texas comes on. Y’all remember the song yes? Sweet pickles. I love that song and as I’m singing along, that old lady came to mind – reminding us all in that meeting that there are only basics.

So baby, let’s sell your diamond ring
Buy some boots and faded jeans and go away
This coat and tie is choking me
In your high society, you cry all day
We’ve been so busy keepin’ up with the Jones
Four car garage and we’re still building on
Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love

And today…it’s a little bit different for me but there are still the basics. Jesus made it real clear when he said in Matthew:

โ€œTeacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?โ€ And he said to him, โ€œYou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.โ€

All the sermons, all the Bible study, all the church attendance, all the theology is worthless if we forget these basics.

Love y’all ๐Ÿ’™,

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.