No, this isn't about Cee-Lo, Blake, Christina, and Adam, although I just started watching "The Voice" and I love it. I have to say, "Adam is HOT!"
But instead I'm going to talk about the voice that swayed me off of the MM Moderation message board over to mmabsers and sobriety. Colonel Parker, cp as he is commonly known on the boards, was a constant peaceful and serene voice amidst the chaos of counting drinks and planning abs days and moderation days and all the mindfucking that went on in my head when I was trying to learn to control that thing that had been controlling my life since my first drink.
He made it sobriety sound so...calm. As it is.
Here is at what he recently shared about Joy. I love it, I hope you do too.
purpose. Two of the biggest benefits I have gotten from quitting
drinking are peace and joy. It's worth noting that is not what I expected
with exuberance or ecstasy. I associated the buzz I got from drinking with
and beginning to heal I began to experience a lifting of depression and
matter of time before the other shoe dropped and I was overcome by
happen. Instead my joy increased. Beyond what I had ever experienced
and thought and actions in order to remain sober. But each of these things
not only strengthened my sobriety but increased my joy.
what's in it for me. That for me is poison. Instead I began to counteract that
by practicing joy. It arose out of letting go of selfishness and becoming
generous. I felt joy at others success and release of stress. I stopped thinking
of me so much and started thinking of others. Again, I didn't expect the
result. Drinking had caused me to collapse in on myself. Now my world became
more open, free, spacious.
that both will occur. Joy is letting go of all that and just being satisfied.
If there is a remedy when trouble strikes,
What reason is there for despondency?
And if there is no help for it,
What is the use of being sad?
My cheery happiness of mind.
Depression never brings me what I want;
My virtue will be warped and marred by it.
P.S. If anyone is interested in joining us for abs chat tonight send me a pm at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you details on how to get there. Also, someone pm'd me that they were unable to comment on my blog from the Safari Browser and since I haven't been able to comment on my own blog from IE for years, I think I need to fix this glitch. If you're having problems commenting, could you drop me a line at the above gmail account. Thanks.