Category: Zen Garden

  • How Drunk is too Drunk?

    How Drunk is too Drunk?

    Today is my birthday, and it is my first sober birthday in a long, long time. My birthday slogan for many years was, “No one should remember the day they turn a year older,” and boy oh boy did I make sure that was the case. I threw huge, booze-soaked parties almost every year, and […]

  • Self Medicating With Alcohol? How to Get Off the Stress Carousel

    Self Medicating With Alcohol? How to Get Off the Stress Carousel

    A magazine article I read today put forth the idea that stress is basically the tension between your expectations and reality. For example, if you expect your presentation to go well and it goes poorly, the tension between what you thought would happen and what actually did happen will cause you to feel stress. As soon […]

  • The Art of Living Sober is a Skill that Takes Practice

    The Art of Living Sober is a Skill that Takes Practice

    Living sober flows pretty easily for me these days and it’s a vibrant, empowering way to live, but for years, when I was trying to stop drinking, my experience with the process was anything but rewarding. It was so frustrating! I promised myself over and over and over that I wouldn’t drink that day, or […]

  • Everybody Knows – The Exhausting Paranoia of a Secret Drinker

    Everybody Knows – The Exhausting Paranoia of a Secret Drinker

    Everybody knows … That thought nagged me constantly in the last few years of my drinking career. I was living with this huge secret for a long, long time – the secret of how much I drank – and I was terrified of what would happen if people found out. When I was a ‘gray […]

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