Nov 25, 2008
Three Fold Disease
I'm reminded by friends and family that became clean and sober about a term used for this time of year. The "Three Fold Disease" refers to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. This time of year earned this reputation among AA members, because it was the time of year that they experienced most of the family drama that has affected them, had their first drink, and all that forced cheer grates on the last nerve.
I offer these little words of wisdom and humor to help get my good people through the holiday season:
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. - Audrey Hepburn
When everything is going good the mind comes in and says "watch out!" Because you listen to the mind's fears you stop living. The mind would keep you always the same, never taking risks. Newness is an enemy to the mind, sameness is it's friend. - Osho
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. - Groucho Marx
A real human is somebody who feels and who expresses his or her feelings. This may sound easy. It isn't.
A lot of people think or believe or know what they feel---but that's thinking or believing or knowing: not feeling. And being real is feeling---not just knowing or believing or thinking. - e.e. cummings
If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra