When Silver Linings Rip, Stitch ‘Em Up

Well.  That’s a deep thought now isn’t it?

On a more surface level – hello.  Again.

Looks like I ended up on an unintentional LOA from here.  Again.

Had a couple minor health setbacks and one biggie.  Fell at work and broke a few ribs.  Ouch.  Still ouchies but back to work at least, on modified duties.

What was I up to while AWOL?  Lots actually. Continue reading

How Breaking Bad Breaks My Bad

Let’s start off with a little mad science why don’t we …

WARNING & DISCLAIMER:

I will not be held responsible for damages to self, relationships, or property due to not following the directions.

 

Step 1:  Go find yourself a COLD beverage and a straw, a water bottle with a sippy kinda lid on it, or something that you can take liquid into your mouth with.  I highly recommend using water.  Now go position yourself over a sink or head outside where the only thing in front of you is the ground.

Step 2:  Take a sip of your COLD beverage and swallow.  Easy right?

Step 3:  Take the deepest breath you can and blow out with an open and pursed mouth, as if you were trying to blow up a balloon.  Also simple yes? Continue reading

News Flash: It Ain’t About Them

 

I would like to pass along a riveting piece of advice an dear elder of mine in AA shared with me some years ago.  She didn’t share it nicely but she did share it with love and good intention.  The love was to propel me to be honest with myself and the intention was to shatter a false reality I had lived with most of my life.  Her missions were accomplished and then some.  I have never looked at the type of thoughts and behaviours in question the same since then, and have been able to change many of my actions around them because of her.  For that, I remain forever grateful.

News Flash:   People Pleasing Isn’t About Them – It’s About You

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Want More Struggles In Your Life?

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Okay, I suspect the answer is thanks but no thanks, I already have enough struggles in my life.  Well, if that’s the case, fine.  Thank you for your politeness but I’m gonna give you a few more anyway.  They might make you scream and pull even more precious hairs out of your head.  If you have any hair that is of course.  And heck, some of you might even thank me for them later on.

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I Need To Move Some Cheese

 

Change happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go.

Spencer Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese?

 

For some years now, that quote has been a favourite of mine.  Though I have read Who Moved My Cheese?, I actually first heard it when I was in a treatment centre for drug & alcohol abuse.  I can still feel the jaggedness of the lump in my throat, the barrenness of the pit in my stomach, and the sting of the tears in my eyes as those words penetrated my entire being.  But that’s how life goes sometimes, doesn’t it?  It hits you like a ton of bricks.

At first, that ton of bricks knocked me down.  And I fell hard.  But that’s the thing about hitting a bottom isn’t it?  Once you realize where you are, there’s only one place to go from there.  Up.  And one of the best ways I’ve learned how to move upwards and onwards is to embrace the lessons that are in the very same bricks that knock me down.  And so I did with those words.  And I changed.  And for that, I hope to remain eternally grateful. Continue reading