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    Hiya Pie and Stirly whirly. Thank you.

    43. Marty, where are ya?

    A rainy dark sunday morning at the beach pad, but the sun's a shinin in my heart. In work today so more adventure ahead. Speaking of adventure, i've been chatting to a French bird who lives and works in the carribbean and getting an inside glimpse into life there. Crikey, it sounds as fab as you'd expect. I wonder if they have space on the streets for an extra busker with an antipodean bent. Yes that's it, i could play Orstralian folk songs and wear a hat with corks hanging down to keep the flies away. Should cover me board and meals?

    And happy mothers day to me mum! And to all mums here. Have a beautiful day ladies. X

    Have a rippa out there.
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    Hiya G
    I hope you get some sparkly sunlight during the course of the day. Sorry to brag but it's downright gorgeous up here in Qld.
    But I'm sure you bring sunshine and light up wherever you are.
    There's two ways of looking at the holes in your shoes
    You can dig the ventilation... or you can sing the blues

    I didn't come this far to only come this far.

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    Hiya Classy Glassy.

    Top of the morning y'all. Off to my first psychologist session today. Christ! Well, am giving it a crack and even though the feeling's good at 44 days, i'm throwing everything at it just in case. Maybe i'll be surprised and learn something. Either way, i'm going in with an open mind/open heart. I'm looking for some improvement in my focus and commitment to sober living, even though that focus and commitment is pretty solid now.

    L8tr, Yo!

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    Thanks Eloise for the link to recovery research institute.

    Here's a report on progress of 'recovery high schools' in the USA. Top idea. What am i whinging about when young heroes are having a gutsy and brave crack out there every day.

    Market Study – The Association Of Recovery Schools

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarista View Post
    Hiya Classy Glassy.

    Top of the morning y'all. Off to my first psychologist session today. Christ! Well, am giving it a crack and even though the feeling's good at 44 days, i'm throwing everything at it just in case. Maybe i'll be surprised and learn something. Either way, i'm going in with an open mind/open heart. I'm looking for some improvement in my focus and commitment to sober living, even though that focus and commitment is pretty solid now.

    L8tr, Yo!
    Best of luck with the session, Mr. G. We'll be thinking of you!!
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    Thanks Stirly.

    Well, the session went well. I'm happy. It was relaxed, casual and useful. Nothing overwhelming about it. I enjoyed it all! lol. A myth is busted. The psychologist is old enough to be my daughter, and i was expecting or quietly believing that only someone mid 30's and up would be of any use. WRONG. This young woman is well trained, positive friendly attitude, sharp, engages real well and listens. We get on well. Then she throws back what i just said and we dissect that. No digging up where i was when i was 5, just where am i at now, and what's our plan. She said what i'm doing already would've been my homework i.e. meditating, exercise, breathing, doing something you love every day, but homework is 'get cozy with overwhelmed and tell me what you notice'. Very good.

    She already has me wrapped around her little finger in a good way as i also find her geeky, cute and sharp as a tac, so i'll try anything she suggests as she has my respect. Next session in 3 weeks. 6 sessions overall with option for 6 more so see how we go. I am pleasantly surprised and delighted. Felt positive, hopeful, supported and confident walking out.

    Day 46. Let's git it.

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    Yay Mr. G!! Just woke up a while ago - haven't even had my cawfee yet and this is the first thing I read. It put a huge smile on my face first thing in the morning. Am so happy for you that the session went so well. What a great way to start! You go Mr. G!!! Things can only get better from here on in. Day 46 and counting -
    For every 60 seconds that you are angry, you lose a minute of happiness.
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    Top of the thursday morning reader.

    Thanks Stirly. It's just another support tool i'm using. It also gives a little structure to my immediate future with another session in 3 weeks/every 3 weeks. Another little reason to be accountable and maintain my commitment. I'm thinking having a professional sounding board (who i feel relaxed with, trust and respect) will be a help.

    Must be day 47 but i ain't one for counting!

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    The best of the best of good mornings from a drizzly, rainy beach pad. Perfect beach running weather you know. No-one else around.

    Must be day, i say day 47 but who's counting? My latest idea seems to be teaching english overseas. South east asia or south america. Plenty of demand they tell me. Might do a reconnaissance mission to vietnam, thailand, cambodia later in the year and check it out. A beachside gig might be fun. But i like the idea of mexico too.

    Have a pearler out there.

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    When I find myself in times of trouble
    Mr Gman comes to me
    Speaking words of wisdom
    Let it be


    The reason for the ditty Mr G, is that this morning I came across one of the wisest posts I’ve seen for a long time on MWO (or maybe it just spoke to me at where I am at the moment). I’ve spent so much time analyzing whether what we have is an addiction, alcoholism, a substance abuse disorder, yada yada yada, and today I finally understood that in the end it doesn’t really matter.

    I hope you don’t mind me quoting you (will delete if so), but back in in the toolbox in November 2014, you said:

    It's a classic for many of us to believe we are missing out on a treat when we stop boozing. For me, well......i love drinking and the feeling it gives me in the first hour or so. No doubt, it feels great. However, then comes the "bill"....the "cheque/check" that must be paid. The ferryman is always there, waiting for payment, and my payment is a session that began nicely enough, that soon enough went downhill into a depressing spiral of sadness and regret, that i carried with me for the whole of the next day, and often for days later. Soon enough i have gone from a well intentioned 'social' glass or 3, to searching desperately later that evening for an after hours grog shop to get booze to take home and finish the job. The only quick fix tomorrow for the depression being another drink, and so re-starting the vicious damaging cycle of self abuse.

    I can continue to stick to this cycle, and drink more not less as the years pass, or i can choose to live happy and healthy, and learn my newest life saving lesson. The lesson being......'G man, if you decide to keep booze in your life and try to regulate it, you know it doesn't work. Why? Because for some reason, a part of you loves to get numb and turn your back on all responsibility and society. In fact Gman, part of you loves this idea so much, you are willing to make it a 24/7 lifestyle. So Gman, what do you want to do? Which path do you want to take?"


    And at the end of the day Gman, that’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter how anyone categorises or analyses the way we drink or how or why. We all know deep down what our personal relationship with alcohol is, no matter how much we pretend otherwise. And if we use it for self abuse, or to get numb and turn our back on all responsibility and society so that we’re willing to make it a 24/7 lifestyle, then we aren’t living life the way we could be.

    So thanks my lovely G - you've nailed it.
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