07 June 2021

20 of 180 QUOTES by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous in ALL DRINKING ASIDE (Chapters 71 - 80, Part Eight of Nine)

 Chapter 71 Virtuous Cycles Of Progress

"No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche 

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I HAD NO SELF TO OWN as I grew up. Peer Group Pressure worked its magic before I'd even heard the term. "If John or Mary jumped off a bridge, would you?" OF COURSE I WOULD & could & did. As I've said in my book "ADDICTION REPLACED SELF-DISCOVERY." 

The true meaning of this Nietzsche quote wouldn't be known for 30+ years after I'd read it in a college text. MY BRAIN IS NOT FOR SALE TODAY, I've paid enough already.

*****

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

This Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche (pictured) opens Chapter 71 (Virtuous Cycles Of Progressof All Drinking Aside.

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"I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God." - Helen Keller

*****

"GRATEFUL RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC" used to stick in my craw (my gut reaction in my Early Recovery was "too much Phony Baloney"), but having survived my CHEMICALLY-INDUCED INSANITY, I have learned much about myself in Recovery (inescapable, really, in that thorny untangling). The part of the Helen Keller Quote, "I have found myself," reminds me of looking for my keys, only to discover I was holding them the whole time. Not a seeker of Heavenly Mansions, I am content with my feet planted firmly on the Earth and the expansive sky above. All that said, this quote has a great feel to it, no matter how I may differ in its particulars.

*****

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

This Quote by Helen Keller (pictured) closes Chapter 71 (Virtuous Cycle of Progress) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 72 Insanity's Bouquet

"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

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I will not fail this time. I told myself just this after every relapse. Each time I relapsed, it got progressively worse OUT THERE in ADDICTION-LAND. And each time I found Sobriety, I maintained a little longer and became progressively stronger. This is INSANE. I could and would succeed. Others had. 

"Insanity's bouquet is not of different colored roses, or different flowers of various sorts. It's a bouquet of weapons, destruction, defense and offense, all wrapped in lies and gin-soaked tears, false laughter, hollowed-out bones. This is insanity's bouquet. Hot steel, cold steel, nothing. I will fill the black holes of my memory with a retrained brain. Live my way sober or lie my way drunk, powerless victim or sober victor. One foot in front of the other." 

*****

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

This Quote by Winston Churchill (pictured) opens Chapter 72 (Insanity's Bouquet) of All Drinking Aside.

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"Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow... but only empties today of its strength." - C. H. Spurgeon

*****

If Life is Suffering, then Addiction is INSUFFERABLE, INTOLERABLE & UNNECESSARY. 

If Life is Suffering, then Recovery is still POSSIBLE, DOABLE & IRREPLACEABLE.

If Life IS NOT Suffering, then ALL OF THE ABOVE are still True.

Anxiety is a Non-Starter. Pause, Plan, Take Action. CHANGE or ACCEPT. Anxiety is Not the Answer.

*****

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

This Quote by C. H. Spurgeon (pictured) closes Chapter 72 (Insanity's Bouquet) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 73 This Sober Road

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance: the wise man grows it under his feet." - James Oppenheimer

*****

Concentration on the HERE & NOW is the sure road to the THERE & THEN. I love that Oppenheimer says to grow happiness under your feet. GREEN & SLOW is the way to go. Simple, Subtle, Organic. 

Good one, James! Thank you for reminding me. Flip-flops READY to NUZZLE the NOW!

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

This Quote by James Oppenheimer (pictured) opens Chapter 73 (This Sober Road) of All Drinking Aside.

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"Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens." - Epictetus

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Epictetus, the Greek Stoic Philosopher was born a Slave. I became a Slave of my Addiction to Alcohol. My Drug Fixations left me Twisting in the Wind and Recovery has been my Untwisting. I hear echoes of the Serenity Prayer here. Emotions fueled by Alcohol led me down the road of Bad Choices and Catastrophic Consequences. 

Pause. The Middle Way. Breathe. 

I'll take "the rest as it happens." Sober.

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

This Quote by Epictetus (pictured) closes Chapter 73 (This Sober Road) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 74 Taking A Breather

"Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see." - Rene Magritte

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MY DENIAL PROGRESSED AS MY ADDICTION PROGRESSED. Behind every Lie, another Lie. Peel an onion, seek the heart of the artichoke, eventually Addiction (the nothing that is) will be revealed, a brain deeply changed from the brain that took that first drink or drug. 

And behind Addiction's last lie? Recovery (or death) may be found. And Hidden within that? Hope, a Contented Smile and inside that Smile, Contentment itself. The search outward has become the search within. Whatever may be hidden is in Recovery revealed.

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

This Quote by Rene Magritte (pictured) opens Chapter 74 (Taking A Breather) of All Drinking Aside.

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"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water and breeds reptiles of the mind." - William Blake

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The mind may close in on itself, an IMPLOSION of sorts, a slow and subtle crumpling inward, a different state of mind than either MEDITATION (quiet connection with the world) or ADDICTION (a chemically-induced corrosion). 

The mind must open itself to change, to inclusion, to expansion. Hardened opinions form the bars of a prison. The mind seeks freedom to explore beyond the murky waters of stagnation. Explore, unafraid, the new world each moment unfurls. The world is good. Grow with it.

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

This Quote by William Blake (pictured) closes Chapter 74 (Taking A Breather) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 75 Broken Record

"If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet." - Isaac B. Singer

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I called myself "The Relapse King" right up to my eighth year of repeatedly going on and off the wagon. Before that, Bartenders called me "Rusty" after the Rusty Nails I drank. Today, I go simply as Jim. I am an Alcoholic in Long-Term Recovery. I'll stick with that and hope it sticks with me. Recovery is my cup of tea and life is good, Sober as I go. All I foresee? Another cup of tea. Good is good enough for me.

*****

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

This Quote by Isaac B. Singer (pictured) opens Chapter 75 (Broken Record) of All Drinking Aside.

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"The cause is hidden, but the result is known." - Ovid

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Like a set of 10 Russian Nesting Dolls, I knew inside each drink I drank I'd find another drink. Others likely called me Alcoholic long before I did. With a certain sense of pride, I eventually thought of  myself as a "High-Achieving Alcoholic" until that became another lie I told myself. 

Do Nesting Dolls drink before they go out drinking and continue to drink after all the Normal Norm's and Norma's have found their way home? 

"The cause [was poorly] hidden, but the result [was] well known."

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

This Quote by Ovid (pictured) closes Chapter 75 (Broken Record) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 76 Selling A Dream, Buying A Nightmare

"Suffering in and of itself is meaningless; we give our suffering meaning by the way in which we respond to it." - Viktor Frankl

*****

Viktor Frankl lived through being a Prisoner of War during WWII. His book, Man's Search for Meaning, had been referenced in so many books I'd read from various disciplines that I finally had to breakdown and read it. My seeing it through the Lens of Addiction helped to deepen my understanding. Prisoner of War/Prisoner of Addiction. Perhaps the Analogies are too obvious, but they are also cunningly subtle. 

The Subtitle to my book (All Drinking Aside) may help prove my point: The Destruction, Deconstruction and Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal.

No additional clues need be provided here. 

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

This Quote by Viktor Frankl (pictured) opens Chapter 76 (Selling A Dream, Buying A Nightmare) of All Drinking Aside.

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"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them." - Albert Einstein

*****

In my case, the "Same Thinking" Einstein was referring to in this Quote translated into the "Insane Thinking" that goes on inside the head and behind the beady eyes of a rodent on the Hamster Wheel of Addiction. When that Wheel stops spinning, a thoughtful, feeling heart might then begin to emerge, to open the mental windows and sober doors of perception so that bridges back to Sanity can begin to be built. No matter the approaches or methods used, being sober is a prerequisite for remaining sober because, as they say... 

"You can't stop drinking drinking."

I don't really know how much my thinking actually created my addiction, but my repeated exposure to alcohol and its effects on my brain at ever-increasing levels of consumption seem to have created the perfect storm for what amounted to a chemical hijacking of my brain. This was not a destination I had consciously chosen. I arrived there in increments until, at some point, I found myself on the River of No Return.  

*****

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

This Quote by Albert Einstein (pictured) closes Chapter 76 (Selling A Dream, Buying A Nightmare) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 77 Resentment

"The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses." - Edith Sodergran

*****

Inner Fire may be my Heart's Desire, but with Alcohol as Fuel, it Consumed me as it Burned. A False Belief in Chemical Inspiration, my Hijacked Brain went Down in Flames.

Oh, look! How Pretty. Until Pretty Got Ugly, with me, on the Witness Stand, Defending my Would-Be Murderer almost to my last breath. Denial Would Be on Trial, and Alcohol Would Lose.

It's not like that Today. Recovery is my Possible, Doable, Irreplaceable Fuel.

*****

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

This Quote by Edith Sodergran (pictured) opens Chapter 77 (Resentment) of All Drinking Aside.

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"The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy." - Steven Weinberg

*****

This Quote by Weinberg, a Nobel laureate in Physics, takes me back to my High School days when ABC's Wide World of Sports described "the Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat" of Athletic Competition. That reminds me of the struggles of the fisherman in The Old Man and The Sea, and on to Pablo Picasso declaring that "the Reach is more important than the Grasp." Few Victories and many Defeats. Such has been my life, most people's lives, I suppose.

My early-on failed attempts at a sustained sobriety have confirmed that I am but a humble me whose shell had broken. I was a Humpty-Dumpty, Drunk and far from Royalty, but I have survived the unnecessary journey of Addiction with Lessons Learned, a life somehow more complete in spite of (and sometimes because of) my resultant Travails. I am grateful for the combination of Grit and Luck which have left me live to a Ripe Old Recovery Age. 

As for understanding the universe, if I may paraphrase Chesterfield's 101 cigarettes, maybe I'm "a silly [little] millimeter" closer than I'd have otherwise been, but that's okay. It's all good. "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 Steven Weinberg (pictured) closes Chapter 77 (Resentment) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 78 This Is Where We Find Ourselves

"Doubt grows with knowledge." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

*****

The more I know, the more I think I know the growing ball of string I've been collecting is no closer to infinite. That may sound deep or close to accurate, but I suppose it is not a statement of Science, Philosophy or Religion. Bar Room talk or Childhood talk, sitting on the Front Stoop, gazing at the Stars perhaps. "Enquiring Minds Want to Know" is Pure Tabloid Trash Talk, but consideration of Source neither diminishes nor expands the Truth of the Thing Expanded Upon (just a guess). 

On a complete Tangent, my first thought upon reading "Doubt grows with knowledge" is of Mother Teresa being tormented by Doubts about God (I graduated from a Religious College, but don't consider myself a Christian). 

I am tormented by neither Doubt nor Surety.

My Ball of String keeps increasing in Size, but in relation to What, I'm not quite Sure. I'm Sober, so, that Torment Ended - is Enough for me Today.

*****

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

This Quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (pictured) opens Chapter 78 (This Is Where We Find Itself) of All Drinking Aside.

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"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity." - George Bernard Shaw

*****

A FALSE INDIFFERENCE, deadened by alcohol, an indifference generated by addiction. Another, another, another drink slowly has been replacing other people, unwittingly, unintentionally, perhaps, but no less real a replacement.

No less real for you, Under the Influence. One sentence ending is the beginning of the next and although I am not drinking, your drinking has strung me out. Can I put a string of lights in the tunnel we're both now in, you drunk, me sober? The tunnel is real and it does have an end, but the light you see at the end of the tunnel is still imaginary because you are still drinking. The pain I feel is not at the end of the tunnel. It is real. It is here. And it seems to have no end. 

I must stop calling you you or you might think... What? 

I will call you him now. He needs help. He is in a tunnel without end. He is where I once was. I was another him once. There was another drink once. 

Once upon a time is now and I do not hate. Once upon a time is now and I am not indifferent. I have found the him that was me and am losing the him that is you.

The Cycle must be broken. I am no longer him. You are no longer you. If I can help you find your first day sober (again), I may add another day to my string of days. It is as hard today as when I was you and now you have become him too. 

Walk with me so that we may both become a little less broken.

*****

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

This Quote by George Bernard Shaw (pictured) closes Chapter 78 (This Is Where We Find Ourselves) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 79 A Daily Reprieve

"Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality." - Bertrand Russell

*****

Once thinking that drinking was essential to achieve and maintain the Good Life was never rational, even before my first ever drink. Addiction slowly chips away rationality to reveal itself as what it truly is: INSANITY Accrued on the Installment Plan. 

In Recovery I have learned that there are few things I am absolutely certain of needing. After Shelter, Food & Water, here's what tops that list: "Nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more." 

To be absolutely certain of anything else, I'll leave that to Religious Zealots & Suicide Bombers.

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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) opens Chapter 79 (A Daily Reprieve) of All Drinking Aside.

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"The older I get the more I trust in the law according to which the rose and the lily bloom." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

*****

Breathe Deeply. Inhale the moment. This is not a Rat Race to some unknown Finish Line. This is Living Simply. I feel water being absorbed from the depths of the Soil and expressed in the blooms of the lily and the rose here. 

There can be No Poisoning of these Waters by Chemical Assault. A Sober, Sustained FRAGILITY can be Realized, Felt and Lived. 

A more Quiet Life, Chaos Diminished, Silenced, Gone. Smell Freedom. Live ABUNDANTLY. 

Add your own interpretation to this Goethe Quote. Find your own Recovery. Smooth your Edges. BLOOM!

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

This Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (pictured) closes Chapter 79 (A Daily Reprieve) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 80 My Second Insanity

"In quarreling, the truth is always lost." - Publilius Syrus

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

This Quote by Publilius Syrus (pictured) opens Chapter 80 (My Second Insanity) of All Drinking Aside.

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"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." - Ovid

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

This Quote by Ovid (pictured) closes Chapter 80 (My Second Insanity) of All Drinking Aside.

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31 May 2021

TODAY Marks My 17th Year of Continuous Sobriety

 


Neither Bragging Nor Complaining, Just a Simple Statement of Fact.

The Point is to Let People Who Are Newly Clean & Sober Know that RECOVERY is POSSIBLE, DOABLE & IRREPLACEABLE. May They, Too, Learn to Treasure Their Moment, This Moment, Every Moment, Clean & Sober.
As a Woman in my Recovery Group repeatedly states, "Your Life May Not Get Better, But You Will Get Better" as you accrue more time in Recovery.
On my 14th Anniversary, I Chaired a Recovery Meeting & was so Excited I Totally Botched Up a Favorite Quote from my book (Un-Botched here, lol):

"NOTHING MATTERS MORE THAN THAT WE REMAIN SOBER BECAUSE WHEN WE REMAIN SOBER EVERYTHING MATTERS MORE." 

I certainly thought I would die before I reached 40 after so many hospitalizations and other Alcohol-Related Near-Death Experiences.
I am 17 Years Sober this Day and I Turn 71 Years Old this Year to boot. That's Two Prime Numbers (17 & 71)!

THAT MAKES ME A 17 YEAR OLD TEENAGER IN THE PRIME OF MY LIFE! 

Neither Bragging Nor Complaining, Just a Simple Statement of Fact.
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22 May 2021

16 of 180 QUOTES by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous in ALL DRINKING ASIDE (Chapters 61 - 70, Part Seven of Nine)

Chapter 61

"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." - Andrew J. Holmes

*****

I actually feel less isolated upon reading this Quote by Andrew J. Holmes. We're all in this same boat, so it reminds me of the importance of connecting with others on our various journeys. It returns me to humility, a place of comfortable vulnerability and realistic self-worth. I could go on and on but that would contradict my humble intent (pause). 

*****

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

This Quote by Andrew J. Holmes (pictured) opens Chapter 61 [Depression And Anxiety (Dissolve)]of All Drinking Aside.

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"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

*****

A KISS GOOD-BYE:

This Einstein quote is a personal favorite. In an attempt to seek immediate solutions, there is a tendency by many to settle for any Over-Simplification that simply sounds good. "Don't Drink & Go to Meetings" may sound like an effective Prescription, but it doesn't invite depth and further exploration and questioning. To me, Addiction is Irreducibly Complex and every book I read, every person I meet. both broaden and deepen my understanding, lending nuance and returning gratitude. 

A simple understanding may sometimes only be arrived at down a complex road with many twists and turns. Epiphanies may appear simple and instantaneous, but are often preceded by much experience and forethought.

The Simple is Elegant when it has been stripped of the unnecessary and it is allowed to display its true depth. 

For me, K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) is often a Kiss Goodbye.

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Chapter 62 A Pack Of Loners, Alone

"They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.": - Emily Dickenson

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WE ARE ZEBRAS OF EVERY STRIPE:

Seekers most seek Solitude and it is in this Quiet Place where thoughts of God or any other Unified Theory take hold before returning to the Greater Human Field found outwardly. We cannot stay long in this Quiet Place or we would die of hunger and thirst. Most Seekers don't want to stay there anyway. It is in this Quiet Place where some Unquantifiable Battery is recharged before returning to Human Activities.

At times I, too, have been a momentary recluse seeking a quiet place to find solace and to heal. 

The Emily Dickenson quote (pictured) is emboldened by another of her verses: 

"Some keep the Sabbath going to Church-

I keep it, staying at Home-

With a Bobolink for a Chorister-

And an Orchard, for a Dome-"

Her verse concludes with

"So instead of getting to Heaven, at last-

I'm going, all along."

Kudos to all the Seekers out there. We are Zebras of Every Stripe.

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"Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?" - Rose Kennedy

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BE-CAW-CAW-CAUSE I CAN!

Of course, Rose Kennedy's Quote pictured here is not to be taken literally. 

What? When it stops raining, am I to go into the streets and belt out a Song from "West Side Story" or "A Star is Born"? 

Birds don't get depressed, so don't sing to cheer yourself up? 

Shall I jump out the window and flap my wings because that's what birds do? 

Maybe she does mean it literally (except for the jumping out the window part)! 

Birds don't beat dead horses (although they may peck at them), so I'll lay off a bit. 

If the last few sentences drew even the smallest of smiles, perhaps I really do understand this Quote.

Why? Be-caw-caw-cause I can. 

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Chapter 63 Inject Me Slowly, Truth

"Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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OH, HOW I WAS SUCH A WIND-UP TOY! The Endless, Indistinguishable Repetitions of the Same Deadly Daily Cycles: Drinking Beyond Obliteration, Outside the Point of Remembrance. Yes, Oh Yes, Addiction is Mechanical. 

ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS REMOVED. I would have settled for only that, like in THE EXORCIST, Possessed, but I Measure my Time Differently Today. Released from the Obsession to Drink, Memories, Hopes, this Very Moment Intact, Living in Recovery, my 17th Anniversary of Continuous Sobriety just days away, Grateful for Life's Fragilities. 

"Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical." Indeed.

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Chapter 64 My Extreme Flowchart

"All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room." - Pascal

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A CAVEMAN'S INABILITY TO SIT STILL IN A CAVE. 

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Obviously, Evil is not the only possible outcome of sitting in a room. Some Human Achievements may also be so attributable, but that's not the point. 

This little Pascal NUGGET is Pure GOLD! The Sheer Multiplicity of Possible Meanings, Individually & in Groups, bring me Joy where Once it would have brought me Sorrow. From the Existential Nausea of Addiction to the Irreplaceable Triumph of Recovery, I stand by this Quote. But I also take it with a Grain of Salt (Minus the Lemon & Shot of Tequila!). 

How do you or don't you take your Evil? With or without Salt? Sitting? Standing? 

And may I have the Next Dance, Please?

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Chapter 65 Phantom Toes Wiggling

"Success is a lousy Teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." - Bill Gates

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FAILURE felt like I CAN'T WIN when I repeatedly RELAPSED. Addiction is Seductive & Destructive. Even knowing that my brain seemed to crave more alcohol than any body could handle and survive didn't seem to change my drinking reflex. Knowledge is Power, but it seemed Recovery and Alcoholism were Games of Whack-a-Mole and I was losing both badly. Relapse was to be a Lousy Trial & Error Teacher. I would Crawl, attempt to Walk and Fall countless times before Learning to Stand Sober & Strong.

Being a Victim of Addiction & Living Responsibly in Recovery were Worlds Apart for me. The Chasm between them took 8 long years to bridge before now living nearly 17 years of Continuous Sobriety.

Thank you, Bill Gates, for reminding me that a Drink is Always within Arm's Reach.

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"Talk doesn't cook rice." - Chinese Proverb

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PRAY WITH YOUR FEET is about the only four (4) word QUIP I can come up with in Quick Response to this Proverb. OKAY, there is INSTANT RICE, but even that requires you to Get Off Your DUFF & DO SOMETHING. 

"Action! Action!! WE WANT ACTION!!!" is a Cheerleader Chant I heard many times over watching my college football team on the field. The Best Part of Recovery Groups (to me) is to continue to MOTIVATE Change. 

RECOVERY is EARNED. Three (3) Words. Guess I'll Quit While I'm Ahead!

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Chapter 66 Insanity Cubed

"The human heart in its perversity finds it hard to escape hatred and revenge." - Moses Luzzatto

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"TEACH THEM TO HATE BEFORE THEY TURN 8" is my Perverse Misquote from South Pacific. Hatred and Revenge are likely learned responses, Offense & Defense, which in a Civilized Society may be Unlearned (hopefully), replaced by Love & Forgiveness (don't hold your breath).

IN THE MEANTIME, I'm working on my own little corner of the universe. Addiction is "Insanity Cubed," so, at least, I've taken that Insanity out of the Equation.

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"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein

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I truly like this Quote, but I have my apprehensions, as if "Something is rotten in the State of Denmark."

Thoughts and feelings are a curious mix for me. Believe as you wish, but I for one, tend to stick with what will be upheld by a Court of Law or in the Halls of Science. I'm not sure exactly what Einstein may have meant by this famous statement, but for me, Science and religion are not some kind of Yin & Yang of Perfection, mutually exclusive yet inseparable. 

I'd put it more like Facts without Feelings are Sterile and Feelings without Facts are Delusional. Even that's saying too much and a bit out of kilter. Balance. A life in balance is what I'm driving at.

Still, this quote makes me feel good and I have to laugh at it, not derisively, rather... joyously, laughing at myself and human folly.

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Chapter 67 Monkey Frocks

"Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play." - Joyce Rebeta-Burditt

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A BUTTERFLY'S WINGS ARE BROKEN and the Catastrophe Spreads Outward. This BUTTERFLY EFFECT is Up-Close and Personal.

My first visit to an Al-Anon Meeting showed me that I had usually been too anesthetized by alcohol to be aware of the pain I exacted upon others. Families suffer, too, and in many ways more that the addict. After all, they're not taking drugs to relieve their pain. The "whole family gets to play" and eventually will need help too. Soon, there will be no Spectators, only a Tragic, Destructive Spectacle that fans out far and wide. 

The Butterflies are Dying. 

This is truly Global. 

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"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." - Maya Angelou

*****

THIS IS NOT A COP OUT. A 30-year Drinking Career obliterated the life I had or could have had. My Autographical Fiction contains all those gory details. Suffice it to say that Recovery has brought me a whole new life, strong, grateful, satisfying. 

I might have been considered more successful if my life had turned out some other way, but now success has been redefined for me and it is fine and good. The River of Time is Slow and Deep and I am Nourished. 

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Chapter 68 Epiphany-Deprived

"When we're connected to others, we become better people." - Randy Pausch

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ADDICTION IS THE DISEASE OF SEPARATION. The Drug is Part of Everything you do Until it Becomes THE ONLY THING YOU DO. Recovery is the Process of Separating from the Addiction and Reconnecting with Yourself and the World. SHARED COURAGE. 

HUMAN.

KIND.

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"Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle." - Helen Keller

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RED WAGON! RED WAGON! Someone pulled me along until I was old enough for a Tricycle, then a Bicycle (with training wheels). I eventually graduated to a barrel on its side and a Unicycle.

NO MATTER THE MODE, NO MATTER THE LOAD, to this day, I lose my balance, still, at times. 

My INTOLERANCE of those INTOLERANT of OTHERS has been more difficult than all of the above. It's My OXYGEN MASK, I have to remind myself, It's my Serenity, I mutter. Breathe, Jim. JUST BREATHE. Meanwhile, pedal away like a son-of-a-bitch. And breathe.

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Chapter 69 My Last Relapse

"Contentment makes poor men rich. Discontent makes rich men poor." - Benjamin Franklin

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Seen through a Sober Lens: "Contentment makes poor men RICH. Discontent makes rich men POOR."

RICH = Living in Recovery

POOR = Living in Addiction

It is no coincidence that THIS Quote ends THIS Chapter of All Drinking Aside. I was Broke and Teetering between Content & Discontent when "My Last Relapse" occurred. My Recurrent Relapse & Recovery Period lasted 8 Years. Understand that I never was and still am not Rich in any conventional sense, so "Contentment makes poor men rich" is the only part of this Quote that fits me now, despite the 30+ years of Discontent in my Addiction. 

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Chapter 70 This Is Page One

"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down." - Lily Tomlin

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ADDICTED TO CHAOS is not my QUICK RESPONSE to this Quote by Lily Tomlin. It is my measured response after quiet deliberation. When I hear someone say Addicted to Chaos, with near certainty, I can predict that they are likely in Early Recovery. Chaos is the Consequence  of Addiction and it becomes what one is accustomed to. The infinite richness of a Sober Life may have as many and more ingredients than the Drinking & Drugging Life, but is Rich & Smooth. Even in moments of Chaos in Recovery, the Chaos is a Challenge OUT THERE, met with inner calm and resolve.

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