I wrote about the Top 10 Drinking Countries yesterday - in light of St. Paddy's Day and Ireland's top ranking on the list. I meant to mention that my ancestors made the list too - they're runners up at #2. Finland is the next hard-drinking nation besides Ireland ... and that's where most of my family hailed from years ago. So, as you can see, I come by my drinking problem honestly - ahem, drinking opportunity, I mean. ;)
btw it's Tuesday - normally a cleanse day for me. But plans are up in the air this week so there's a chance it's a party night.
Sometimes I enjoy not knowing which days are drinking days and which aren't. Other days, if I'm going out for lunch or heading to a matinee, I like to be prepared so I can have a tipple during the day.
If I'm on the bubble like this, I really don't mind skipping out on drinks during the day - and saving them for the evening. God knows my system could use as many non-drinking hours as possible, especially after the weekend. ;) And I love the sense of - well, 'adventure' is a little strong a word. But at the very least, there's a sense of spontaneity.
I think some of the biggest problems with most abstinence programs like A.A. - or even plans that allow you the occasional drink - is that they're so predictable. Boring. Mundane.
But my cleansing program allows life to be unstructured every now and again. You can do things on a spur-of-the-moment basis. It feels more like natural life ... like living ... rather than being chained to a regimented system that calculates every move you make every day. With this plan, it's up to you when you take your 2 cleanse days during the week. The freedom is there if you choose it.
Of course, if you'd rather have the structure of knowing when your cleanse days are, that's an option too. And most weeks, that's the way my life works. Tuesdays and Thursdays off.
But when things are up in the air - like today - I'm also happy just to wait and see how the night unfolds. I feel I've found the right balance between structure and freedom with this plan to keep even the most stubborn problem drinkers happy, healthy - and having fun.
At least most of the time. :)