16 May 2021

17 of 180 QUOTES by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous in ALL DRINKING ASIDE (Chapters 51 - 60, Part Six of Nine)

Chapter 51 One Trick Pony, Dismount

"Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity." - Oprah Winfrey

*****

Alcohol did not PREPARE me for CATASTROPHE, but it certainly took me there. Were I to recover, I would have to accept responsibility for my actions. Sobriety offered the opportunity to construct & reconstruct a fruitful & satisfying new life. Recovery is Possible, Doable, Irreplaceable. 

Prepare to meet the moment. Sober. How lucky can you get?

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Oprah Winfrey (pictured) opens Chapter 51 (One Trick Pony, Dismount) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves." - Will Durant

*****

Gossip and Complaining are Great Ways to Kill Time (Alcoholism and Addiction might be other Great Ways, too). Parenthetically, minus the Parenthesis in the last sentence, one could infer that from my High Horse, I was suggesting that my luxuriating in Gossip and Complaining are nearly non-existent. Not so, Horatio. They have their place in the Social Fabric, but Recovery has taught me to turn down the volume on those affairs and concentrate on my inner workings a Tad More. Practice, not Perfection. 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Will Durant (pictured) closes Chapter 51 (One Trick Pony, Dismount) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 52 Simon Says Stay Sober

"Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

*****

This is NOT the NO of "Just Say No" to drugs (a failed policy based on unrealistic expectations of America's Youth and the Crime and Punish mindset that accompanied it). This is NOT the NO of Parents saying "Do as I Say, Not as I Do." 

This is the NO that follows Education and Rehabilitation. This is the NO of I'm in Recovery and I do not need a drink or drug. This is the NO of "nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more."

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (pictured) opens Chapter 52 (Simon Says Stay Sober) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell 

*****

Life is so very cozy when everything is cut & dried. I wish for ordinary. The stunning and spectacular have no room on my plate, unsweetened oatmeal having lost its heat may be the most that I can deal with here. Nothing curious or irregular, please. Don't make me think. Make mine mundane so I have room to breathe. 

Flowers, cut & dried. I can handle that. Do not confront me with Flowers in Fields. It's too unreal. Why would anyone want to feel? And what, pray tell, is that I smell? Daffodils, no doubt.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Bertrand Russell (pictured) closes Chapter 52 (Simon Says Stay Sober) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 53 Accomplice To Murder?

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence." - William Cowper

*****

The ABSENCE of ABSTINENCE in the Bar Rooms of my 30-year Drinking Career fed my invulnerability to any suggestions of even CUTTING DOWN my consumption (until ALCOHOL had utterly consumed me). If Abstinence existed, my only exposures to it were the Religious Fringe Groups of my youth knocking at my door as Darkly Dressed Bible-Toting Willy Loman-Like Characters.

They were Lead-by-Example FAILS ("I will NEVER be like them!")

Although this William Cowper Quote may be more clever than fully resonant for me, the discussions playing in my head toyed with truths in the neighborhood around it. The Rooms of Recovery remained distant and unknown for years to come.

Coming up on 17 Years of Continuous Sobriety, I need no further PROOF, 100 PROOF OR OTHERWISE.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by William Cowper (pictured) opens Chapter 53 (Accomplice To Murder?) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.




"I am an agnostic: I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of." - Clarence Darrow

*****

Monotheism emerged in Egypt a thousand years before the birth of Christ. Polytheism before that. One God, Many Gods, No Gods.  

When asked if he believed in God, W.C, Fields reportedly replied "No" and when pressed as to what he did believe SHOT BACK "I BELIEVE I'LL HAVE ANOTHER COCKTAIL." You may wish that there is PROOF of that, but none exists. 

W.C. died in 1946. I was born in 1950. Perhaps I've been Reincarnated. 100 PROOF.

*****

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ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Clarence Darrow (pictured) closes Chapter 53 (Accomplice To Murder?) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 54 The God Of Frozen Yogurt

"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." - Gertrude Stein

*****

"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone."

SURE, SURE, SURE. Actions Speak Louder than Words, but Damn, sometimes I can't help myself and Blurt it out. I must remember, too, the first time I heard someone call themselves "a Grateful Recovering Alcoholic" how delusional I thought they were, if not somehow almost rude. It took time to understand those words. I had to learn how to inhabit them. 

I live my Gratitude in Silence & in Words, just like there are "Books" & "Looks"!

Don't Stare! Why are you looking at me like that? Are you the me that I once was, Incredulous, Afraid?

Do. Be. Live. Fill your plate with Gratitude. Then Share.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Gertrude Stein (pictured) opens Chapter 54 (The God Of Frozen Yogurt) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." -  Edwin Markham

*****

"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." I may emerge from defeat stronger on the other side, if it doesn't permanently disfigure me or downright kill me first. I will admit this: When this statement is TRUE (which is not always), it is PURE POETRY. I see Maya Angelou's Caged Bird Sing and FLY When it's Door Opens, GLORIOUS, TRIUMPHANT. 

When DEFEAT becomes VICTORY 2.0, it is so much sweeter. This may be the one slight advantage RECOVERY has over those who have never been ADDICTED. We have felt the Prison of Addiction so Our Freedom has the Wings of a Different Bird, so to speak.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Edwin Markham (pictured) closes Chapter 54 (The God Of Frozen Yogurt) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 55 Down For The Count

"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right." - Laurens Van der Post

*****

You may believe the World is flat, but that doesn't make it so. Men landed on the Moon. It is not made of Cheese. On and on. Don't frighten me. Agree to disagree, but the Halls of Science and the Courts of Law will be my Guide, are on my side. 

I have been wrong many a time, I concede, and will be wrong again. High-Achieving Alcoholic Failed me in the end. I was not that, never was, never could be. Admit you're wrong or move along. That's all.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Laurens Van der Post (pictured) opens Chapter 55 (Down For The Count) of All Drinking Aside.

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"Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst." - Lin Yutang

*****

I thought I was accepting the worst (at the height of my High-Functioning Alcoholic Period) when I imagined my death by alcohol. I would be a Modern Anti-Hero of sorts clutching my Dewar's on the Rocks as I died. Fate accepted. Unfortunately, years later, the reality was none so Heroic and the reality of the moment as I lay dying lacked peace of mind of any kind. 

Accepting the worst of what has already happened is one thing, accepting the worst your imagination can conjure up about the future is quite another. 

I did not have a drink today. And no, that is not the worst that could happen, but you could not have told me that those many years ago. A life without my drink was once the worst I could imagine. Silly boy. 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Lin Yutang (pictured) closes Chapter 55 (Down For The Count) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 56 Express Snail

"The ego could be defined simply in this way: a dysfunctional relationship with the present moment." - Eckhart Tolle

*****

Was it I or Me or My or Who who Always Had the NEED for MORE? I was not Here & Now when the Drink was WHERE & HOW. Does it matter whether it was the DRINKING that made me DYSFUNCTIONAL or if Drinking merely made me MORE Dysfunctional than that Time Before My Ever First Drink?

At first, NO, it did not matter much. First, I would learn to put down the drink, stop Thinking the Drink, Just STOP. I'm coming up on two Prime Numbers: 17 Years Sober & 71 Years of Age & Still I'm Functioning. 

We-in-Recovery know, at least, that the Best of Life is Minus the Drink or Drug and the Best of Life is in the Here & Now. We-in-Recovery are in the Here & Now. I was not Here & Now when the Drink was WHERE & HOW. I Rest my Case... Now I must Rest.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Eckhart Tolle (pictured) opens Chapter 56 (Express Snail) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"Every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward." - Thomas Edison

*****

It is hard to so much as take a step, much less step forward, when addiction is at your throat and has taken hold of your brain. Eventually nothing much will remain of the way your life once was and you will lose sight of the unlimited possibilities of living free of addiction.

Push forward. Push forward anyway you can. Shared Courage. Shared Courage. Find it. Strive on, Incessantly Strive. A better life is on the road ahead. A future can and must be found. There is no use in using. It is you that is being used. Change is possible, doable. Life is precious, irreplaceable. Strive.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Thomas Edison (pictured) closes Chapter 56 (Express Snail) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 57 

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Chapter 58

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us." - Franz Kafka

*****

This Quote by Franz Kafka (pictured) closes Chapter 58 of All Drinking Aside. For me, an Alcoholic in long-term Recovery, "the frozen sea within us" is also the Frozen Sea Between Us. I say this because, as the title of Chapter 58 states, "Alcoholism Disconnects, Recovery Connects." Addiction distances us from ourselves and from others. In Recovery, the healing begins. It would be preposterous of me to say that ALL DRINKING ASIDE is THE ANSWER. IT ISN'T. Like all books, All Drinking Aside is a Recovery tool, one among many. It is but one "axe for the frozen sea within us [and between us]." 

Take all the meanings of this Kafka quote, large and small, and multiply your profits by reading more Recovery books of every stripe, Fiction and Non-Fiction. All Drinking Aside: The Destruction, Deconstruction and Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal is an Autobiographical Fiction. As I tell my True Story, 3 Fictional Characters, unnoticed by me, discuss amongst themselves my prospects for Recovery. As such, it deserves a place on Everyone's Recovery Bookshelf.

Enough said.

I'll let the 50+ 5 Star Reader Reviews found in the link below be Your Action Louder than My Words (until All Drinking Aside arrives on your doorstep). 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

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Chapter 59 Double-Visionary

"Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one." - Eleanor Roosevelt

*****

YES, I have the right to drink, to choose, to live freely, but my obligation to myself is to acknowledge that it is too risky for me to drink. Too many relapses, too many cul-de-sacs, too many near-death experiences. 

YES, I've heard the prison door of addiction is always open, but I know when I am behind those bars (or in a bar), my blinders go on and my brain wants more alcohol than my body can handle. My body shuts down as it has before and in the hospital I go, not knowing, usually, how I got there.

When asked, "Would you like a drink?" my response today is "NO. Thanks. Much obliged."

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt (pictured) opens Chapter 59 (Double-Visionary) of All Drinking Aside.

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"The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived." - Oscar Wilde

*****

There is DECEPTION in RECOVERY, to be sure, but the Sources of our Deceptions are not the CHEMICALLY-INDUCED INSANITY of ADDICTION. I would have agreed with this Oscar Wilde Quote in my Addiction & I still agree with it in my Recovery, but Today, it is a Sweet Agreement that nothing less than Recovery can bring to me, "terribly, terribly deceived" or not.

(PLEASE NOTE: Double Vision does not exactly make a Visionary a Double-Visionary as the tongue-in-cheek Title of this Chapter might suggest to the [P]un-informed Reader.)

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Oscar Wilde (pictured) closes Chapter 59 (Double-Visionary) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 60

"Possibilities and miracles are one and the same." - Anonymous

*****

THE SADDEST OF MIRACLES: 

Recovery is Possible, Doable, Irreplaceable. There is nothing Miraculous about Addiction. So when Recovery is found it would be understandable to attribute it to Divine Intervention. Everything you Believe seems to be Miraculous and indeed it may be, but when the Food Server presents the check at the end of meal, it must be paid for, the Miracle of a seed sprouting the wheat which made the pasta you just fully-consumed ASIDE. 

Recovery is Possible, but requires Work. Left to its own devices, Addiction will consume you. Addiction is the Saddest of Miracles. Work on your Recovery and the Miracle of Recovery will Manifest itself.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Anonymous (pictured) opens Chapter 60 (An Unremembered Emptiness) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"Hatred is never anything but fear- if you feared no one, you would hate no one." - Hugh Downs

*****

Hugh Downs Quote here reflects maladaptive relationships (notice he says "no one," not no thing) between people to me. I take it to mean that the more we know and come to better understand others, the more mutual connections we would form and the less likely we would be to hate them. 

Fear of others may be the sensible, justifiable response to some unknown Other based on best guesses and previous experience, but I don't think that's what he's getting at. 

If I may Quote and Misquote: Combine "Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You" (from "The King and I") with (here's the misquote from "South Pacific") "Teach Them to Hate Before They Turn Eight" (the lesson being DON'T DO THAT!). 

What do you get when you combine my two whimsical, vastly over-generalized and spurious reactions to the Hugh Downs Quote? Basically, "Love your neighbor as yourself." 

Sorry, I calls 'em like I sees 'em!

[I can't wait to read the Rebuttals in the Comments Section!]

******

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Hugh Downs (pictured) closes Chapter 60 (An Unremembered Emptiness) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



 

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