Thursday, September 20, 2012

T-minus ...

I'm on my official last non-drinking day before my cleanse begins. Remember, you don't have to take the two days off a week in the two weeks leading up to a cleanse.

But let's not nitpick. Depending on when you start your cleanse, sometimes that means you'll have two and a half weeks of drinking days back-to-back. No worries! As long as you're not getting into three weeks, it'll be fine. Believe it or not, at the end of that period, you'll be looking forward to a nice, long, healthy cleanse.

For now, however ... two weeks of partying is extremely enticing. I'm sure there'll be a trip (or two) to the liquor store to stock up. There will be favorite meals with favorite wines. Favorite restaurants with ... yes, more wine. There will be vodka coolers and champagne, mojitos and ... more wine.

And then there will be ... lots of water, juice and tea for 28 days.

It was the English poet, William Cowper, who first coined the phrase "Variety is the (very) spice of life, giving it all its flavor." But it still makes sense almost three hundred years later. Because I've always believed that part of the reason this plan works so well is because there's a real variety of experiences available.

As an addictive personality (or maybe just a drama junkie), I've always searched for a variety of experiences in my life. Intensity is great. But so is calmness and peace. And I get both with this plan. Lots of freedom in the weeks leading up to a cleanse. And lots of tranquility once the cleanse begins. It's a great balance and, believe it or not, always a welcome change of gear. I'm actually already looking FORWARD to my cleanse.

By the way, Cowper was plagued by madness, religious fervor, doubt, talent - and a firm belief that God had forsaken him and damned him to hell. Maybe that's why he also coined the term "God works in mysterious ways ..."

I'll raise a toast to Cowper ... tomorrow.


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