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    Good morning. Big Al, your deep thoughts are welcome on this forum. Thats what we are here for to support each other in the good and bad. I have had those thoughts as well so I get it. Just keep moving, one foot in front of the other. Fake it until you make it!!! You have come so far since your first post. We have all accomplished so much. Even with a slip we seem to come back. A slip might be bad but if you don’t count day 1’s a slip is not so terrible considering all the sober days we have racked up. I do not want to beat myself up anymore. Right now I feel like I’m on a good course, but never too sure because I have slipped. So today I continue on my sober path and ask for 24 more please and thank you. I DO NOT want to live like I did in the past with alcohol flowing each and every day…. No thank you.

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    Another 24 hours please & thank you.

    Big Al, your family is better with you in their lives, the Cafe is better because you’re here. You’ve been through a lot since the accident. Time will help heal the physical injuries plus you’re getting al out of your system. Hang in there Big Al!

    The hospital protesters seem to have settled down a bit and in most cities are no longer blocking hospital entrances. Police presence at these protests is just one more cost to be paid for by us all. I wonder if the protesters should picket in front of government offices, you know, the places where decisions about treating Covid are actually made. Maybe then those in health care wouldn’t be disheartened by these protests. Maybe patients going for treatment wouldn’t be subjected to this nonsense. Just a thought.
    Ginger, we’re averaging about 80% unvaccinated people in hospital. Our ICU beds are near capacity and there has been talk of patients having to be moved to other facilities. And what I find scary, discussions have been held to prepare for triage procedures. Doctors should not have to decide who will and who won’t be treated.
    As many of you know, we have universal health care in Canada. I read a suggestion yesterday that perhaps unvaccinated people should have their health coverage suspended should they refuse the vaccine. Interesting thought. Might be a better incentive than a lottery or cash “reward”.

    Back to the audiologist today. I’m going to try a hearing aid in my other ear to see if that helps. Hey, if nothing else, because these hearing aids have Bluetooth, I’ll be able to listen to music in stereo!

    Have a great af Wednesday everyone.

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    BigAl, some times getting those feelings out, helps wash them away. Never feel like you can't talk to us here. We've all been on the dark side one way or the other.

    I listened to NPR yesterday talking about stick or carrot with regard to getting the vaccine. The carrot (incentives) helped a little, maybe it's time for the stick!

    Had a really rough pain day yesterday. I pushed through and got everything done I had on my list. I paid for it last night and still this morning. Counting my blessings though! And asking for another 24 AF hours.

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    I appreciate the thoughts and hugs. I have been off the sauce for a while now, what I am dealing with is the aftermath. I am normally a fairly positive thinker, but I find myself looking around at the world and wondering how I let it get so out of control. Every once in a while I end up rolling around in my own self pity and my thoughts plunge. Jude, I am seeing a therapist once a week just to get things sorted out. In fact, I see her this evening. So, anyway, I again apologize for letting that moment of pity and self-loathing climb into my posts. I don't have room for that in my life, but the brain goes where it wants to at times.

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    I think perhaps we have all at one time or another posted something which we regretted, but that's part of posting on a forum. The only thing that really bothers me is when someone directs their negative feelings onto others with angry, mean posts. There were some dark times on the forum several years back when many members actually left because of nasty trolls! But self pity and dark thoughts, well that comes with the territory and I think we all know the feelings... BigAl, we're glad you are here!

    Cowboy we are certainly glad you are here as well!! You may not have built this cafe, but you sure have been it's mainstay for a very long time!

    I made a batch of hot pepper jelly this morning and after that I decided I needed to make an apple crisp to celebrate! Come have some with me, I'll get the ice cream out!

    24 more please and thank you.
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    If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.

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    Good morning Cafe friends and All in need of a hug. We have your back @BigAl. You know that is your ego talking. Not your entire operating system. Listen, Iíve been there. I would typically get some sober days in, and then immerse myself in self loathing to create an excuse to drink. I did this repeatedly from November Ď09 till my wake up call, April Ď10. Iím happy you recognize it for what it is. I did read your message last night. Self forgiveness is often needed when we go to that dark place. When this happened to me, I would say, ď I forgive myself for judging myself as not worthy, or unlovable, or a failure, etc. Another tool is to create an ideal scene. On a sheet of paper, write I AmÖ(create the scenes you want to see manifest. These things work. It is doing the work that is critical in creating lasting change.

    So, with a deep sense of loving gratitude for all my family here, I accept another 24. I wish you all the best day possible. If your day is not looking like your best, flip the fricking switch and make it so. Blessings x

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    I need to register my sincere appreciation for this group of people and the support that is provided. I'll be honest, I'm a rather burly guy who tends to suppress my emotions but I shed a tear (ok, I cried like a baby) as I read through the responses. I'm sorry for my darkness, but @techie I forgive myself. It is a part of this quit, and if I need to go to the depths then that is fine, as long as I come back out the other side. But I really mean it, I can't tell you how much it means to me that there are people who care. I appreciate it more that I can put into words. Ugh, alcohol free for another day.

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    Good morning to all of my friends in the cafe!
    @BigAl, so glad that you are feeling better, and no need to apologize for expressing what you were feeling at the time. The journey to an alcohol free life can be like riding a rollercoaster from hell, and there are times when it feels like the car will fly off the tracks without a moment's notice. My advice is to hang on tight!
    @Ginger999, sure hope that your pain is better today!


    Humbly asking for myself and others that we have another 24 hours of freedom.

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    5:57am in Alberta, 24 more please, and thanks...

    In the last 24 hours, these people have signed in for 24 hours of wellness:
    @Jude58 @paulywogg @Rava @Quit wining @Ginger999 @BigAl @dill @techie abcowboy

    Today is going to be a darn good day not to drink!
    Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
    Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through today. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
    Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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    Good morning Cafe. Dill, I hope you saved me some apple crisp. My favorite. Hope everyone has a great day. We are headed out to lunch with friends. No alcohol for me. Another please and thank you.

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