Ronnie Wood took to Twitter on Tuesday to share a message of hope to those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction who have been forced to self-quarantine.
In the video, the Rolling Stones guitarist, who has been sober since 2010, read a passage from Keep It Simple: Daily Meditations for Twelve-Step Beginnings and Renewal. Wood credits the book with helping him through some difficult times in his sobriety and wishes that the following passage on hope can help aid someone else out there in his or her own struggles.
“In these strange times, maybe people who are in the program can’t get to a meeting,” Wood begins. “I just wanted to share something with you from one of my books that helped me get through the day.” He then proceeds to read,
I will share my hope for the future with myself, my higher power, and my friends. I will also share this with someone who has lost hope. Now, if anything, we have tended to be people who have wanted it all now. To hope is not to demand. Maybe we were a bit demanding. Maybe we were a bit impatient. Maybe that’s why we had such little hope. Hope is believing good will come, even in bad times; hope is knowing that ‘this too shall pass.’ Hope is knowing that no matter how afraid we are, our higher power will be with us. Hope is knowing we never have to be alone again. It is knowing that time is on our side. Hope is giving up control. Hope is knowing we never had control in the first place. Hope is believing in ourselves. Hope is what our program is all about. Higher power: in our program we share our experiences, our strengths, and our hopes. Thank you for giving all three of these to me to share.
I hope this helps you get through another day.
Watch Ronnie Wood’s full message of hope below.
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) March 25, 2020
Wood opened up about his struggles with substance abuse in the 2019 Netflix documentary Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me. The film chronicled Wood’s five decades of rock n’ roll, including his time with the Stones, Faces, The Jeff Beck Group, Rod Stewart, and many more. It also features Wood speaking candidly about how he finally kicked drugs 10 years ago, at the age of 62.
The Rolling Stones, like an ever-growing number of artists, have been forced to postpone their upcoming North American tour as a result of COVID-19. Stay tuned to the band’s website for information about rescheduled performances.