29 September 2016

Luminaries in the Loom


Garrison Keillor, Oscar Levant, Oscar Wilde, Dan Rather, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sigmund Freud, Ayn Rand, Pablo Picasso, Pearl S. Buck, Ernest Hemingway, Malcolm X, Henry David Thoreau, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Gracie Allen, Gertrude Stein, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ovid, Thomas Edison, Confucius, Albert Einstein,  Marcel Proust, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Malcolm Gladwell, Umberto Eco, Louisa May Alcott, Gerald Manley Hopkins, Rose Kennedy, Lucille Ball, Salvador Dali, Viktor Frankl, Maya Angelou, Lily Tomlin, Stanley Kubrick, Carl Sagan, Henry Miller, Mel Brooks, G. K. Chesterton, Samuel Beckett, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Socrates, Aesop, Demosthenes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Albert Camus, Eric Fromm, Thomas Jefferson and a host of others are quoted in this compelling Autobiographical Fiction.

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27 September 2016

I.D.: Alcoholic in Long-Term Recovery


When I first got out of Lakewood Hospital's rehab wing, I wore the plastic patient's I.D. bracelet for three months. That bracelet was my Scarlet Letter and my Red Badge of Courage, ever reminding me that I have a sickness, an illness, an identity that I could not change, that I am an Alcoholic Forever. One of my forever's would have to be that I would have to change if I were to remain sober. I did not know it then, couldn't have known it, but that plastic I.D. bracelet was like my own personal "Serenity Prayer" incarnate, unspoken, felt, neither consciously known nor understood.

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26 September 2016

High-Functioning Alcoholic?


I once thought of myself as a high-functioning alcoholic, never admitting to what degree I was dysfunctional. Not knowing I would have performed better free of my addiction. High and barely functioning would have more aptly described me.

Today, I function well because I am in long-term recovery. Strong roots, a solid foundation and flights of fancy keep me free and unfettered. On my best days, gratitude is a walking meditation.
I am high (alcohol-free) and I am fully-functioning. 
I was a chronic substance abuser.  But today, I am in long-term recovery.
The drinking life is over. Sober living is my one and only way.

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25 September 2016

NO DOUBT


"The doctor diagnosed my condition as a sinus infection and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. Knowing that I would be well in ten days made me feel subjectively better instantly. Nothing changed but my faith in the knowledge that things would change for the better very soon. If I can learn to apply this kind of trust to everything in my life, then I will feel better now and feeling better now will guide me into feeling better in the future.... "

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Wordless Addiction Video


No words, no sub-titles. Just a simple soundtrack and line drawing.
The lack of words was not a lack at all and silenced me. Enjoy!
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24 September 2016

Doubt


"Two-thirds cup of doubt in an empty cup. That was my kind of luck. No leap of faith would fill my drunken cup or keep me sober. 
My trust in my own recovery is not yet complete, has never been, and may never be. I have to be here fully, or close to fully, belly up to my own Recovery Bar. 
I am my own Trojan horse - a full cup hidden inside an empty one."

 (from Chapter 82 "You Can't Handle The Proof," All Drinking Aside)

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Chaos, Insanity, Hope and Gratitude


By ryan krause 
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A joyous journey into the body ,mind, and soul of a recovering alcoholic who shines the light on the chaos, insanity, hope, and gratitude of the life we or he lived. A Truly enjoyable read for all!

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Walk with the Devil


"You are permitted in time of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge."
- Bulgarian proverb

Morning Meditation: When I'm drinking, "Get help!" means "Have another drink."

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23 September 2016

Is there a Medic in the House?


5.0 out of 5 stars
A Medic writes,     
"I have read "All Drinking Aside" twice now, and look for different excerpts and meditations daily. Jim's clever conception of alter egos, as if anyone or alcoholic knows, an alcoholic has many, is genius at least. Some of the heart felt stories and the great lengths Jim has gone for recovery, shows what sobriety means to him. Substitute any vice for alcohol, out of the book, and anyone can apply some of the principles Jim has to offer, in their daily lives. This book has helped me in many ways, to help maintain my own sobriety, and how to continue to grow as a person. I related to many of Jim's character flaws and the depth he went to go to climb out of the pit of despair. I do not look at this book as just a recovery book, but a self help book for all to benefit from. Very well written and composed !!"

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Hitting... Bottom...


    The lights outside the hospital emergency room were like the lights on the landing strip of an airport and I was a helicopter hovering, hovering, hovering. I stood on the street outside the emergency room of the Atlantic City Hospital. I had been in a blackout and I did not know how I got there. Finally, a paramedic came over to me, after 5 or 20 minutes. An hour? I don’t know.
  "Do you need help?"
  I answered, "This is not working. This is not working. The alcohol is not working. I cannot do what this is now, not working...."
  I collapsed on the street like a sandcastle knocked over by a wave. My sand spread out onto the sidewalk....

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