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I’m lucky enough not to like alcohol or the effects and haven’t drunk in around 3 years now, not a drop. I never would, so that’s one saving grace for me.
I also stopped smoking cigarettes around 7 years ago after watching “the easy way to stop smoking” by Allan Carr. He made me realise it simply wasn’t logical to smoke and that worked well with my brain. Even when a tragic event in my life happened I didn’t think of having a cigarette.
Unfortunately I find other ways to hide from my problems (my main problem is facing up to who I really am and what I really want from my life) through distraction.
I get up at 5.30am each morning, drink a coffee straight away then walk the dogs. After that I sit down at my computer and fire off a ton of work. Then throughout the day I work, I eat bad food, drink lots of sweet coffee, and then finally take Valium at night to relax in bed and watch a stupid, meaningless Hollywood film and fall to sleep. The cycle starts again the next day…
I actually broke this cycle for a month in May, I ate 90% raw at a local Spa for a month, no coffee, no sugar, no valium and felt worse – I guess I with no distractions you look at yourself more.
A coffee sneaked in one day and here I am back in the cycle, one I know I will break again and start again…
I’ve read all the health books, watched all the documentaries and know how this is affecting me. I’ve done 5 fasts at the local spa, I’ve tried everything but haven’t found the tool that works for me yet. I feel so stupid in one way that I can’t beat this thing has cursed me all my life. I’ve blamed my childhood and all those sweets and bad foods my mother brought me up on but it wasn’t really her fault, she didn’t know.
As Tony Robbins said “If you drive along looking in the rear-view mirror, you’re going to crash…”
Still, it could be worse, I live in a beautiful place I do enjoy my job and I’m a lot better off than where I was 4-5 years ago, that’s for sure!
I also have a lot of real true, great friends.
By the way, great blog Greg! 8D
Matt–thanks for sharing. as you often say, there’s no way to happiness; happiness is the way. maybe the trick is to see yourself as perfect as you are–that nothing needs to change.
Thanks for this illumination!
I guess we all forget from time to time that life is just a ride.
This is what an amazing man once wrote…
The World is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real, because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round, and it has thrills and chills and is very brightly colored, and it’s very loud. And it’s fun, for a while.
Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they’ve begun to question, ‘Is this real, or is this just a ride?’, and other people have remembered, and they’ve come back to us and they say ‘Hey, don’t worry. Don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.’ and we KILL THOSE PEOPLE.
“Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride! SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.”
It’s just a ride.
But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that. You ever noticed that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter, because … It’s just a ride.
And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear wants you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead see all of us as one.
Here’s what we can do to change the world right now, to a better ride:
Take all that money we spent on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and WE CAN EXPLORE SPACE, TOGETHER, BOTH INNER AND OUTER, forever … in peace.
— Bill Hicks (1961 – 1994)
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