Thought For The Day

Quote #1

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” (Seth Godin)

Quote #2

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” (Rob Hill)

Quote #3

“We never take a break from our recovery work, as recovery from any addiction is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and yes, even when on a vacation.” (Andrew Arthur Dawson)

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

The Importance Of Recovery While On A Vacation

People go on vacations for a multitude of reasons and they usually all boil down to one thing, getting rest and relaxation. For a recovering addict like me though, I find there’s also something else that’s just as important to experience while on a vacation, and that’s to remain active in my recovery work no matter where I am in the world.

While a common thought in recovery from any addiction is that it’s ok to take a break from the recovery work when on a vacation, doing so for me has only ever breathed life back into my ego and my disease. That’s why I don’t take a break from recovery anymore…EVER. Not during my normal day to day week when at home and not on a vacation.

Recently, during my vacation to Massachusetts, while my partner was looking forward the most to doing a whale watch, I was more excited about going to a few meetings and doing a 12 Step commitment at a detox if possible.

It’s strange how my perspective has changed in recent years when it comes to my recovery life, as there was a time when I’d go on vacations where the last thing I’d ever do was attend any type of 12 Step meeting or volunteer to do any 12 Step work for even a small amount of time.

That’s because I was so selfish and self-centered and felt vacations were only meant to be about me getting my rest and relaxation. And on some level, maybe a vacation is precisely that for the average person. But for me, who lived with far more ego in life than Spirit, the last thing I ever want to do is anything that will breathe life back into that old, selfish, addiction-riddled self.

You see, that selfish part of me still exists and sometimes finds subtle ways to rear its ugly head, but I find that remaining active in my recovery, even when I’m on vacation, keeps that at bay, which is definitely a good thing.

I’ve travelled quite a bit in my recovery life and have always made sure to include participation in at least a few recovery meetings no matter where I’ve been. I’ve done that on cruises, in England, in the Grand Caymans, in Mexico, in Canada, and pretty much every place I’ve visited in the United States as well. And sometimes, I have even been able to volunteer at a detox or do a 12 Step call with a suffering individual while on a trip away, which ironically provides me more rest and relaxation than sitting on a beach might.

I’ve met far too many individuals who feel that taking a week off from attending meetings while on a trip away is totally safe and for them, maybe it actually is. But for me, it never has been, because those vacations from recovery don’t seem to stop when I return home. They continue on and on and on, until I find myself back in relapse mode and far away from the best place I could be in life, that being sober and in recovery.

So, that’s why I always make sure to build my vacations around my recovery these days just like I build my normal day-to-day life around it too. Because in doing so, I continue to stay healthy, spiritually-focused, and selfless-driven while on them, rather than become sick, unspiritual, and selfish, which are three traits I don’t ever wish to return to. Three traits that I know have a very strong potential to return by taking even a small break from recovery when on a vacation…

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

Silly Joke Friday

Silly Joke #1

A boy had reached four without giving up the habit of sucking his thumb, though his mother had tried everything from bribery to reasoning to painting it with lemon juice to discourage the habit.Finally, she tried threats, warning her son that, “If you don’t stop sucking your thumb, your stomach is going to blow up like a balloon.” Later that day, walking in the park, mother and son saw a pregnant woman sitting on a bench. The four-year-old considered her gravely for a minute, then spoke to her saying, “Uh-oh … I know what “you’ve” been doing.”

Silly Joke #2

Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, “Esther, I’d like to ride in that helicopter”. Esther always replied, “I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars”. One particular year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, “Esther, I’m 85 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.” Esther replied, “Morris that helicopter is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars”. The pilot overheard the couple and said, “Folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word I won’t charge you! But if you say one word, it’s 50 dollars.” Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word. When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, “By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t. I’m impressed!” Morris replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know — 50 dollars is 50 dollars”.

Silly Joke #3

There were two buddies, one with a Doberman Pinscher and the other with a Chihuahua. The guy with the Doberman Pinscher says to his friend, “Let’s go over to that restaurant and get something to eat.” The guy with the Chihuahua says, “We can’t go in there. We’ve got dogs with us.” The buddy with the Doberman Pinscher says, “Just follow my lead.” They walk over to the restaurant, the guy with the Doberman Pinscher puts on a pair of dark glasses and he starts to walk in. The bouncer at the door says, “Sorry, mac, no pets allowed.” The man with the Doberman Pinscher says, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye-dog.” The bouncer says, “A Doberman Pinscher?” He answers, “Yes, they’re using them now; they’re very good and protect me from robbers, too.” The man at the door says, “Come on in.” The buddy with the Chihuahua figures, “What the heck,” so he puts on a pair of dark glasses and starts to walk in. Once again the bouncer says, “Sorry, pal, no pets allowed.” The guy with the Chihuahua says, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye dog.” The bouncer at the door says, “A Chihuahua?” The man with the Chihuahua says, “A Chihuahua?????? They gave me a Chihuahua?!”

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