Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Go With The Flow

So I'm right back in the swing of "normal" life. Tuesdays and Thursdays off. But that's not always how it works out.

If something or someone throws a wrench into the predictable pattern you have for your week, you might find yourself getting upset about it. I know I had to go through this in the early days of this plan when something came up that tipped my predictable weekly schedule (i.e. plans fell through and an "on" night was suddenly an "off" night ... please note I was hardly ever upset when it happened the other way). So I had to learn to just go with the flow.

It's an important lesson, because it will happen time and again. Like this weekend, for instance. The hubby came down with a nasty cold on Sunday - normally a day of chores, but then a night of yummy food and some wine. But he wasn't in the mood for any of that so the day ended up being ... bringing him chicken soup. And the night wasn't much different. He didn't feel like drinking. He said I could go ahead of course, but I just decided "No, tonight will be my off night and I'll work something else out in the week."

Of course, you can still take that other third night off during the week - it's GOOD for you sometimes. But the point is, whatever happens - GO WITH THE FLOW. If an "on" night suddenly becomes an "off" night, know in your heart and soul that it's good for you and don't get all uppity about it. Don't let yourself feel resentful. It's not worth it. Learn how to be flexible and easy about your drinking. It shouldn't be a rigid ritual that never changes. You've got to learn how to adapt to whatever happens in your life.

Remember what Charles Darwin said: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."

So learn to adapt. It'll make survival a whole lot easier.

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