Sometimes the Thoughts Still Come

I caught myself doing that thing again. The one where I rationalize my past. The mind sometimes races when it should rest. That happened last night.

In truth, I should have been exhausted and fallen quickly into deep slumber but my mind had another agenda. It happens when I know I need to wake early, especially if I have a flight to catch as I did this morning. Rest did not come easy, and when it did, my sleep was marked by fitful dreams, walking in a seeat, and a phone call from the airline alerting me to a delay.

As I lay there this morning the thoughts came:

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a drink again some day. 

It was pretty bad but maybe you could control it now. 

You drank reasonably for a long time, things only got bad on the end. 

If you hadn’t lived across the street from that guy who drank every day maybe you wouldn’t have gotten so bad.  He’s doesn’t live there anymore. 

There it is. The blame game. Failure to accept responsibility. The self pity. When these thoughts come, there is usually something else going on. That’s the case today. Travel.

Stress that comes with changing timezones. We aren’t meant to travel around the world the way we do. Our bodies lose their rhythm and that puts us under enormous stress, even if we don’t want to acknowledge it.

Being half a world away from loved ones, friends, others in the program, and our routine takes a toll as well. As human beings we long for meaningful connection, and sometimes business is just business. Yes, I have strong connections with my colleagues and customers, but these are not the same. There is money involved, and that changes everything.

Thoughts like those above still come up now and then – and I suspect they will for the rest of my life. But I’ve got my life and that’s what matters. I have chosen to have a life. A rich, sober life full of family, friends, and experiences. A life worth living, full of love.

What’s important is that I now recognize them for the falsehoods that they are in the moment, and can usually move through them quickly with relative ease. For that, I am grateful.

5 responses to “Sometimes the Thoughts Still Come”

  1. In this regard, I have the “benefit” of a long term relapse following what was by definition a long term sobriety. I cannot fool myself; I know how it ends. I think intellectually you know that too, but this is just a reminder. You know how it would end. Glad you had a good trip and are home safely!

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  2. Wow, you are so right about those thoughts. I had some this weekend, but they left when I refused to follow their lead. Numerous times, I used airplane travel as a reason to break from my sobriety … “Uh oh, the flight attendant seems nervous. Is the plane in trouble? Better have a drink just in case.” I’m glad to see I’m not the only one at odds with this whole world travel thing. Today, I am happily at home. ; )

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  3. Way to catch those thoughts and expose them for what they are: thoughts! They come and go, usually out of my control. What I can control is what I do about them. Thanks for putting them out there and it acting on them!

    And welcome home!

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