Friday, January 6, 2012

Spicy New Year

"Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor."

It was the English poet William Cowper who first introduced the idea that "variety was the spice of life."

But it is a thought that goes back to the first century when the Roman slave and poet Publius Syrus said "The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety." And the Romans knew something about pleasure, didn't they?

I'm convinced - as I've said before - that one of the reasons this plan works so well for problem drinkers is because it has such variety in it. Not only are there not stringent rules that bother the free spirits who usually find themselves indulging - and then often addicted - to drinking. But even when you can't drink, like on an off-day or during your cleanses, the whole idea is made easier by the notion that not only "do you have another drink coming" (and soon), but also by the fact that not drinking is "different." It's a nice change. It's part of the variety that is the spice of your new life.

I can say that because after three weeks of drinking, sometimes a lot (New Year's) and sometimes a little (a random Tuesday), I had my first off-day and you know what?

It was great.

I didn't miss drinking at all. Okay, well, maybe there was a moment here and there where I'd think, "A glass of wine would be nice right now" but it was very fleeting and it was never what I'd call a "craving." More a habit that already feels ingrained after three weeks of no off-days.

But there was no depression. There was no withdrawal. There was no feeling of resentment or bitterness or feeling ripped off. It was a lovely, pleasant day - and evening. Completely without drinking for the first time since before Christmas. I was very happy about it - yesterday and this morning when I woke up at least an hour early to get a totally clear-headed start on the day.

And ... I'm really looking forward to being able to enjoy tonight. :)

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