Growing up I remember seeing a lot of commercials where a miracle product was sold at an amazing price: 3 easy payments of $19.95. It sounded so cheap, so affordable, and such an amazing value that I’d be foolish not to call the 1-800 number on the screen.
Even as a child, I knew that 3 payments of $20 was still $60, but something about the term “3 easy payments” made the price so much easier to digest. The $20 float out of your wallet each month as if it was destined to be spent. The fact that there were only 3 payments, made it seem that much easier.
At the end of my last Sober October I decided to stay sober. I knew it going in, and I had mentally prepared for that. At the end of my previous attempts, I always celebrated with a few drinks (or more).
Here we are mere days away from the end of the month. In my original attempts at making sobriety work, I partied pretty hard the day my challenge ended. Pretty much the hardest I had partied even before I quit for the month. It was a good time and I still look upon it rather fondly. Continue reading “#SoberOctober Day 29 – Home Stretch”
In our ever connected culture we have more options than ever to help ourselves. Podcasts, online courses, blogs, eBooks, and of course apps. Apps have gone from niche distraction to everyday essentials in a very short period of time. We’re very close to the end of Sober October for this year. Are you thinking about how to stay sober through the rest of the year? If you are, it’s never a bad idea to plan ahead.
If you compare quitting alcohol with learning to swim, you can draw some interesting parallels. If you’re dropped in the middle of the ocean, you need to learn how to swim as soon as possible, but it’s far too late. If you’re warm and dry in your home, safely landlocked the lessons are less urgent, less essential. In some cases you could spend your entire life not getting in to a body of water big enough to swim in.
In the post about Sober October Day 1, I said you don’t have to quit drinking forever… just get through a single day without drinking. Getting through Day 1 is one of the hardest days, taking the plunge is one of the hardest parts. However, when I say “Stop Drinking for Life” I don’t mean that you need to commit to stop drinking for the rest of your life… I mean quit drinking so you can ENJOY YOUR LIFE.
Sober October is not about fixing your problems with a set-time of sobriety. The old-timers can attest: just because you stop drinking, doesn’t mean you stop being a drunk. Abstaining for a short interval isn’t a fix, but it can be a test. It can also be a practice of self-discovery. What you learn on this month-long journey will depend on your unique experience.
As famous fictional scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm once said;
“Life, Uh, Finds a Way”
Of course, he was speaking about genetically engineered dinosaurs but the sentiment stands true to this day.
As a human being your DNA has been passed down generation, upon generation based on the simple fact that someone survived long enough to pass along their genes. Like a sunflower that starts as a tiny seed, the human body starts small, breaks free and enters this world against all odds. This miracle is an example of life finding a way. Continue reading “#SoberOctober Day 23 – Life Finds a Way”
I recently started reading and hearing about mental models and I think they are endlessly fascinating. Ideas like “Critical Mass” have changed the way humans have approach problems. These mental shortcuts let us see patterns faster when applied to practical situations.