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* Then I began to wonder about the stumbling blocks and I could not get rid of the admonitions of the first offices to consider each other, to privilege the weaknesses of some and others. Are we going to install someone else? Were we judging those who abstain as Lari? I remembered Brennan Manning - the man who translated God's love in a way that I could more than possibly receive any other writer - was addicted to alcohol and I reread one of his last books before he died.
* I think I'm probably better now because I'm not at the point where I'm completely lost. I could not have had much fun at that time. What was your worst drunk moment at the time, the day before my wedding, I was pissed off. I woke up the day of my wedding with this bowl next to me with blood in it. Apparently, I tried to go over a cement bin, my fingers slipped, and I just slapped my head on the floor. It's embarrassing to look at the wedding photos of me and see my swollen red face and a likely concussion.
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* Nobody does it with coffee, for example. Because we have never made coffee a big spiritual problem. And in circles where drinking alcohol is not an enormous spiritual problem, as with most Catholics, it's the same as coffee. Some people like it and take a cup. Some people do not do it. And no one is worried about it. The same goes for a glass of wine or beer in my husband's Catholic family and among the staff of the Catholic school I worked with - I have it or not.
* God is our best self. God is the part of us who is kind and loving and who loves us too. And God is our bond with each other. I liked your message. Thank you. We have a lot of freedom as Christians, but we are bound to the Holy Spirit, and he invites us to change. I have not quite arrived at the same place that you have but close. When our freedom defies the restitution of others or causes the other to stumble, it is not freedom but weight.
* This is very important, so I beg if you shared this "I'm going out drinking" dissertation to share this status update. This essay focused on my personal experience of traveling with God and how things that are not "wise" in themselves can become a burden for us. It was drinking, but it was also a question of discipleship. This was not an essay on the treatment of alcoholism. I am not an alcoholic and I have never been an alcoholic that's why I could stop drinking with so much fanfare, suffering, process or support.
* It's hard for people to understand why I can not go from "alcoholic" to "moderate drinker". There are many people who can drink moderately. They can go down a couple with their friends, shit on the hood of a police car, go to sleep and forget all about alcohol the next day. I am not one of them. Neither my father, who died at 49 years of this shit. I think I will find a better way to teach the same lesson to my children.
* We are growing in our new choices. I remember when I felt that the thumb pressed on my cynicism, for example. I had become so depressed about my cynicism, my know-all tendencies, my "but-but ..." when it came to everything I missed so much about life, kindness, hope and opportunity. I felt this challenge of the Holy Spirit for a year before I started seriouslylean toward healing, renewing hope in my life.
* For this reason, I became a big fan of self-experimentation. Of course, there are many people who do not want to try giving up alcohol or sugar, or whatever. But whether it's trying to get six-sided abs, to do the pear, or simply to be extra-nice, there's incredible value in pushing us out of our comfort zones. We all see each other in a certain way and we stay stuck in our own routines. Taking the time to experiment, make some changes and try new healthy habits - even if they just stay a little - can lead to big changes over time.
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