"Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all." (Michael Hasser, performed by George Benson, 1977 and Whitney Houston (1985). “There’s nothing you can do than can’t be done, Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung, Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game, It’s easy … Continue reading Learning to love yourself …
Digging around in the Basement
I am working on Part 2 of the story, as promised. It's more difficult to write than Part 1, which is unexpected. So here's something to be thinking about in the meantime. “You may not want to go into that basement, but if you really don’t go into that basement, it’s at your own … Continue reading Digging around in the Basement
What brought me to Soberistas? Part I
This is a long story, which I will split into two parts. I had been drinking for a very long time – 44 years – before I reached the point where I accepted that I had to stop and then before I was ready to actually stop. I knew it for a few years beforehand, … Continue reading What brought me to Soberistas? Part I
Don’t stop me now …
My journey into AF living began with a decision to live the remainder of this life free of alcohol. I was approaching my 60th birthday and considered myself to be living in the last trimester of my life on earth. The decision was made from a very dark place where existence had become so miserable … Continue reading Don’t stop me now …
When I “came out” on Facebook about living AF I was 100 days sober. I had a comment from a man I used to work with who said “when you stop drinking you stop waiting” (Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story). I’ve come across this saying a few times and it took me until about … Continue reading Waiting
I am no better, and neither are you …
Addiction is a leveller. It makes no distinction along the lines we construct to distinguish ourselves one from the other. Rich, poor, male, female, celebrity, unknown, and regardless of ethnicity or sexuality, addiction does not discriminate. We share stories about celebrities going into rehab, “coming out” as having an addiction, cutting back for fear that … Continue reading I am no better, and neither are you …
It’s the way you tell them!
The language you use is very important, much more so than I could have imagined. The words “I’ve given up drinking” are loaded with symbolism for the recipient of this news and for you yourself. Let’s face it, this only matters if you were a regular high-end user of alcohol. If you were a “normal” … Continue reading It’s the way you tell them!
I have seen many of my friends take their courage into both hands and put pen to paper in the hope of … their hopes are their own and not for me to say. Inspired people inspire people in the same way as hurt people hurt people. We are not the first to share our … Continue reading Introduction
The Journey Begins
Thanks for joining me! A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Tao Te Ching