Wednesday, July 27, 2016
I used to like to drink alcohol. I enjoyed wine with dinner, beer almost anytime, and sipping Glen Livet and Chivas Regal scotch. I liked Black Russians occasionally. One evening, I was at the home of some friends having dinner. I recall I was suffering some of the effects of shingles. I drank Chivas, wine with dinner, and something after dinner. I good dinner with friends, and no shingles discomfort. The next morning, I woke up and decided I did not want to drink anymore. That was a pretty drastic idea. I recall having no such plans the evening before. But like any drastic decision, one ought not go it alone if possible. So I thought to myself, is there anyone else who makes such decisions, I being a rookie at this? Sure enough there were such people around. I found them. And there was no internet at that time. I wasn't interested in meeting other non-drinking rookies. I mean, what did they know? I listened to the pros. An added benefit was that some of these longtime nondrinkers came from walks of life, of which I had no experience. Who cares! They were content. Plus, they seemed to want to be helpful, to share wisdom. I wanted wisdom. So, I advise you, if you want to change something in your life, don't try and do it alone. Find people, a group, who have figured out how to change and stay changed. I want to run for exercise. But I run with a group when I can. Alone, I come up with excuses to not run or exercise at all. On my own I lack fortitude. If you want to meditate, find meditators. Find a group. False pride goeth before the fall.