On Jim Irsay

The arrest earlier this week of Jim Irsay, the multimillionaire and owner of the Indianapolis Colts, on DWI and felony drug possession charges serves as a reminder.

Addiction is not confined to the poor neighborhoods.

It is not relegated to those who are viewed as “dispensable” by the mainstream.

Adolescents nor adults are immune.

No matter how much wealth and/or power an individual has, if he or she is not properly grounded, a void will exist.


Peterson describes this as spiritual poverty.

Attempts to fill such a void are consuming.

And certainly our society has lots to offer in terms of appealing remedies.

Quick pleasure, brief highs, and pain-dullers.

Sadly, they are all just that: temporary.

I hope Mr. Irsay’s stay in rehab is time well spent, and that he begins anew.

That he views this arrest as an opportunity.

A second chance.

One that some who have made similar mistakes were never granted.

My prayers are with him and his family.

And those facing the same struggles as well.


ladyfi said...

Spiritual poverty is a good description.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I encountered a lot of addiction when I did juvenile probation. It's a scary thing.

Donna K. Weaver said...

So very true. Sad.

Lydia Kang said...

It's true. Addiction and things like alcoholism cross races, genders and social classes. It's terrible.

messymimi said...

It is tempting to fill the void with the quick remedy. It never works.

Pat Hatt said...

Doesn't matter the state of anyone indeed, can happen to to many

Mary Kirkland said...

Very, very true.

Diane Estrella said...

We all have holes in our lives that need to be filled. what we fill them up with is our decision. Hoping he gets the help he needs both physically and spiritually.

Brian Miller said...

i hope it is a fresh start for him...and not just a country club rehab he skates through sipping martinis....addiction is not an easy beast to tame...

Maxi said...

If someone has an addictive personality and money…

temptation will suck them into the abyss.

blessings ~ maxi

BobKat said...

Unusual story it seems to me for you to write about, Slam. Reading the comments the DWI seems to get the most hits, as in attention. Being a multimillionaire of course gives him access to the best of the best for rehab. Plus, work concerns and time off aren't a concern either, for Mr. Irsay, "owner of the Indianapolis Colts".

The average person doesn't have the luxuries Mr. Irsay has. Your heart is in the correct place, but I fail to see a connection between the Average Person and Mr. Irsay?

"Spiritual Poverty" is a phrase that's been used for a very long time. It's been said, "Life is pain..." Life is hard for many, a struggle. There is a huge emphasis in society to abide by the rules to achieve a balance in life.

It's a learning process. Some incredibly hard lessons to learn in life. Only by accepting who we are, admitting our shortfalls, can we rise out of Spiritual Poverty. Hiding in the shadows is not what what we want to be proud of.

Life can include "escape" in it's many wondrous forms, like that island vacation; a trip to Disney Land; a hunting trip, killing animals for sport; Friday night at your favorite bar;

Living life is a risk, a gamble, a strategy always in motion. Sorry if I provided too much... a devil in the details.

Hilary said...

Tis a rough road for so many. Financial comfort really can work against some.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the comments all.

@ Bob: Good to hear from you. I was comparing Irsay to anyone else and saying that addiction is prevalent no matter the demographic. In terms of risk, a rich and powerful man becomes just like another with addiction struggles.

The spiritual poverty is my observation as to why there is this transcendence. Certainly, I welcome those with differing opinions.

lisa said...

I think there's a huge spiritual void in many people's lives and that's why they seek so desperately to find fulfillment in these other areas. My heart goes out to those souls who are addicted to substances that are harming their bodies and minds. And I agree that addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. No economic demographic is immune.

Carma Sez said...

How dare you state all these opinions on the dangers of addiction ;-)