22 September 2022

"WHATEVER POWER IS... THAT'S WHAT ADDICTION STEALS."

 

Within the framework of my first 1,000 days of recovery, I sat alone in the back of the room, still green in my newfound sobriety, completely drained, the sounds of the 12-step group fading into silence. Nothing was left and, in that stillness, three words entered my head, almost as if spoken aloud, after which I, without forethought, flashed to a childhood memory on a cool summer morning....
Those three words were "Addiction Steals Power."
I found myself transported, standing outside my childhood home, awestruck, watching an aluminum disc circling around inside its glass protective globe, clicking off the electric use for the meter reader's next visit. It was like a watch, but instead of measuring time, it was measuring power. Well, whatever power is, that's what addiction steals.
More brashly, I could say that addiction sucks the life right out of you, but that would be incorrect. It is silent and subtle and seemingly harmless, like the lightweight aluminum disc described above.
Addiction steals time, too, in concert and by differing degrees and metrics. Like hydrogen and oxygen, they cascade over an obscure tipping point at which point "I am an alcoholic and I am powerless" takes on new measures of meaning. 
Recovery, for me, has been all about recovering what can be recovered, what has not been completely destroyed, and accepting the responsibility of reconstructing a life so deconstructed.
A new life, a sober life, unknown to me, awaited. It took twice a thousand days to feel myself moving forward, unfettered by the different drumbeats of addiction, sometimes clamoring, sometimes whispering that a drink would somehow solve anything and everything. 
Inside that larger globe called living sober that blossomed and continues to bloom, the sky's protective arc stretches beyond all horizons and the disc, within, circling, is gratitude. The power, now, is serenity in moments immeasurable.
"Addiction Steals Power" is no longer true. Addiction Stole Power, past tense, is this day's truth. Today, I glide toward endless horizons of continuing Recovery. Today, "Nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more." Today, even my memory of a child on a cool summer morning watching in awe as a small aluminum disc spun 'round is a fulfilling memory only in sobriety.
For me, one drink would destroy all memories, past and yet to come.... Recovery, now, is serenity in moments immeasurable.
Alcohol stole power many yesterdays ago. Recovery is the way I go today, cool, calm, sober, serene. Recovery, now, is serenity in moments immeasurable.
Recovery IS power.

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POLL: Do you have any examples from your own experience of "CONTEMPT Prior to INVESTIGATION"?

 

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance- that principle is contempt prior to investigation." This quote has been variously attributed to Herbert Spencer in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and to William Paley in 1794 in "A View of the Evidences of Christianity."

In the simplest terms I can think of, "Look before you Leap" or you may be "Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion." I prefer the expression "Contempt prior to investigation" because it gets to the meat of a false and strong emotional response usually based on hatred, oppression or prejudice.

A great historical example of "Contempt Prior to Investigation" might be the book or movie "The Elephant Man." Born with a congenital disorder; John Merrick earns his living in a sideshow. Severely deformed, Mr. Merrick ends this 1980 Historical Drama with "I am not an animal! I am a human being!"

If I may misquote the Bible, "take the log out of your own eye before you try to remove the twig from your brother's." All of this serves to remind me that I am not "holier than thou."

Have you ever "Rushed to Judgement"

POLL: Have you ever witnessed, or do you have any examples from your own experience of "CONTEMPT Prior to INVESTIGATION"? [No need to limit yourself to the context of Addiction and Recovery. These types of Lessons in Humility Abound in the Human Experience.]

THANKS!

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16 September 2022

PAUSE: For any variety of reasons, PAUSE

 

"As we go through the day we pause, when agitated... " - from the Big Book of A.A.

I've said it before and it bears repeating, to "pause, when agitated" is good advice to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. Words and actions are difficult to retract once they have been put out into the Universe. That may be amended to form a habit of taking pause and with time, a calmer demeanor may become a welcome new aspect of self which reflection allows. Taking pause when you are excited, for example, may allow you to hold on to joyous moments as they are occurring. Memories may become deepened by having allowed yourself to reflect on them as they are happening. To absorb.

There is a Thai Proverb, "Life is short, so we must move very slowly." In this way, taking the time to pause in any number of situations promises better outcomes. To deliberate may fill our consciousnesses with good intentions and more pleasing results.

I suppose I might suggest much more, but for now, I will go back to doing nothing, "The Pause That Refreshes [with no need for a Beverage, Carbonated OR Alcoholic]."

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08 September 2022

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A NINETY (90) COURSE MEAL

 

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This Ninety-Course Meal is easily digestible, composed of 90 Morsels, NOT AT ALL AS PICTURED. THAT would be a REAL Upper-Upper-Upper-Class Meal.
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In this 90-Chapter orchestration of autobiographical flashbacks, the author describes his descent into alcoholism while three fictional characters (unnoticed by him) discuss his prospects for recovery. This intense, introspective and illuminating fiction looks at alcoholism and addiction from the inside out and back again. The vicious cycles of alcoholic addiction: hospitals, detoxes, rehabs and relapse. Repeat, repeat, repeat. A textbook case of chronic chemical dependency, "All Drinking Aside" will provoke, deceive, disturb and annoy you while it entertains and informs. "All Drinking Aside" is Everybody's Autobiography" if you're an alcoholic and "Someone You Know: if you are not. #Immerse yourself in his Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in ths Autobiographical Fiction.
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01 September 2022

PITY & CONTEMPT: Such Strange Bedfellows


It doesn't really matter who gave me simultaneous feelings of pity and contempt, famous or infamous. A Reader may wrongly (or rightly) speculate that this was merely a reflection on my storied past.

This person (to me) was obviously high on some drug or another, a depressant it would seem. Not that anyone should take any drug to temporarily take them out of the place they are into a place they would rather be. That is no longer my style, but trust me, I can relate to it. Perhaps (and most likely) that is why I was able to feel pity for someone who I also truly feel contempt for.

I actually felt a sense of peace after I sorted out these mixed feelings. Eventually, I felt one iota closer to someone for whom I feel no respect and for whom I normally try to disregard.

Perhaps you have felt similar surprise at such strange bedfellows at some time or another? I still feel a little sad about all of this and curiously touched by an almost equal sense of joy.

Such is the mix of common humanity at times felt by all of us. I am not alone. You are not alone. We are not alone. Such a conjugation increases my sense of community. 

We, in the Recovering Communities, have learned to appreciate how the slightest turn of the wheel changes the entire kaleidoscopic view before us.

I hope my horrendous choice of colors in the pictured lyrics presented brings most readers closer to pity than contempt (My sense of humor seems to have righted itself in the end).

There are too many people who are too high who need help. For close to all of them my empathy is aroused. I, too, was once uncontrollably high. But this one single individual (described anonymously, above), caught publicly under the influence of drugs, has changed my perspective just one little bit.

We are all only human, breaking or becoming unbroken as the case may be.

For what it's worth: PEACE BE WITH YOU.

Thanks for helping me sort this all out, lol.

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