Silly Joke Friday

Einstein was asked to speak at an important science conference.

On his way there, he tells his driver that looks a lot like him:

“I’m so sick of all these conferences. I always say the same things over and over again!”

The driver agrees: “You’re right. As your driver, I’ve attended all of them, and even though I don’t know anything about science, I could probably give the same lecture in your place.”

“You know, that’s an excellent idea!” says Einstein. “Let’s switch places!”

So, they exchanged clothes in the car as soon as they arrived. The driver now dressed as Einstein eventually goes up on stage once the conference begins and starts giving the usual speech, while the real Einstein, now dressed as his car driver, takes a seat amongst the audience a few rows back.

Sitting not too far from him is one scientist who is so jealous of Einstein that he decides to impress everyone by thinking of a very difficult question to ask, believing the overly brainy lecturer won’t be able to answer. When he stands up and interrupts the conference by posing his extremely challenging question, the whole room goes eerily silent, holding their breath, waiting for his response.

The driver dressed as Einstein then looks directly at the scientist, dead in the eye, and says:

“Sir, I’ve decided your question is SO easy to answer that I’m going to let my driver answer it for me…”

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Question To Ponder For The Day

What are the top three healthy outlets being utilized by you on a regular basis lately? (Note: A healthy outlet is something that simply put, stimulates the mind and body in a healthy way. Examples: Writing, working out, painting, etc.)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Why Having Healthy Outlets Are So Crucial To A Recovering Addict…

I’m sure a bunch of my neighbors have probably rolled their eyes many of the times they’ve seen me outside picking up leaves in my yard, which has been almost daily over the past month or so. While from their perspective, I can totally understand why they might think this action is a little ludicrous, what they don’t know is that it’s been a far healthier outlet for me as compared to some of the other actions I might otherwise do or be tempted to engage in.

You see, for active addicts, there always seems to be an inexhaustible amount of energy that’s placed into seeking the substance of their addiction. But once sobriety is found, it’s not like that well of energy simply disappears, as it’s still there within them waiting to be utilized somewhere else. Unfortunately, many recovering addicts never realize this and how crucial it is to find a healthy outlet for themselves. Instead, their tendency seems to be an expelling of that energy into some other addiction.

While I have ultimately realized this myself, dispensing that energy into something that supports my well-being like regular workouts at the gym or some type of part-time to full-time job just hasn’t been in the cards due to my ongoing struggles with my health and healing. So, I’ve had to become a little creative in finding things to pour that energy into, because when I haven’t, and chose to sit idle and do nothing instead, it’s never ended well.

For example, once I found sobriety from alcohol and drugs, I sat idle for a while and eventually found myself transferring all that energy into the beginning stages of a sex and love addiction that began with looking at a little pornography here and there. I’ve known of plenty of others who sat idle as well more than not and ended up becoming addicted to smoking or vaping, consuming caffeine, overeating, gambling, and more. But none of these of course are healthy outlets.

A healthy outlet is something one does in recovery that put quite simply, stimulates the mind in a healthy way. Writing in this blog is just one of those healthy outlets for me. So is working on puzzles, coloring in my adult coloring book, and of course taking care of my yard and all those leaves falling onto it.

To be perfectly honest, I’d rather pour that deep well of energy within me any day into an obsession of keeping my yard clean, than picking up a joint to take the edge off or surfing the web for some naked image of someone I find attractive. Both of those would be unhealthy outlets that only lead me directly away from the spiritual path I want to be on, that being towards God.

Of course, I should mention there are numerous other healthy outlets out there. From hunting and fishing, to working on model trains and cars, to painting, to tinkering with electronics, to bird-watching, and well, I’m sure you get the point. The sky’s the limit, so long as the outlet is one that stimulates that squirrely addict brain in a beneficial way.

So, if you happen to be a recovering addict who has found yourself teeter-tottering into unhealthy behaviors or other addictions as of late, know there is a solution to preventing this. Find some healthy outlets to engage your mind into and I’m sure in doing so, you’ll not only start feeling a whole lot better in life, but you’re also find yourself on a strong spiritual path of recovery that’s definitely moving towards God and not away…

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson