Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 21 - Here Comes the Sun!

Yayyy!! 3/4 of the way through today! Talk about fun with fractions!

The last week is always the best - and it goes by the most quickly.

However, you might find that until you get to beyond the halfway point, cleansing can be challenging. You'll wonder why you have to do it. You'll wonder if it's worth it. You'll wonder if you're doing a good job. You'll wonder if it's going to work for you. You have to let all these questions, come and go. And you have to have faith that, yes, if cleansing is going to work for you - and I have every reason to believe it will work for many, many people - that no matter how bleak it may seem on Day 1, the sun will rise on your 28th day much sooner than you think ... and yes, you've got another drink coming.

As problem drinkers, we may think about drinking more than the average person. Members of A.A. certainly do - they make a point of meeting about it several times a week. Maybe we all think about drinking too much. But maybe that's just thinking about the potential joy of our lives. Because drinking in a responsible, positive, healthy way IS a joy. It can be as much of a joy as it can be a pain - and that is the dichotomy that we are trying to avoid through cleansing. We want it to be more good than bad ... and it can be.

Here's an interesting quote by the American poet, Charles Bukowski (1920-94). It seems to me to reflect the paradoxical relationship and attitudes we have toward alcohol - as a society and certainly as drinkers - as good as anything I've read.

"Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you're allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It's like killing yourself, and then you're reborn. I guess I've lied about ten or fifteen thousand lives now."

Here's to fifteen thousand ... happy ... lives.

Source: Alternativereel.com

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