Throughout my eleven year sobriety I’ve come to learn at least one thing and that is that we never really quit our addictions and bad habits; they are always replaced by another something that gives us equal pleasure.
For me it was a long and drawn out process. Coming clean with not only myself but my wife and family was a hard and an uphill struggle. In the past I was addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling and sex. To say that life had been hard on me was an absolute understatement. Yet, there’s a time in a persons life when they must take ownership of the failures of parents, friends and theirselves. I was no exception.
Switching focus is all about switching those negative addictions and horrible bad habits that we have and finding a more gentle outlet. For me it was writing and photography, for you it could be something entirely different. I had a colleague that took to running and eating well daily to stave her food cravings, and I knew a man that took to working really hard and late on something he enjoyed to keep him out of his local boozer. Whatever works I say.
And this is what today’s episode is all about. Exchanging bad habits for good habits. I’m not saying that you need to be perfect, because no-one is that, only that you have a look at what you could do instead. See, I swapped my love of alcohol for coffee. I’m still drinking something but nothing that lands me in a heap of trouble. I also swapped my love for quaint little backwaters English pubs for pictures of strange pituresque, landscapey, village-like photos. There’s lots to talk about and I’ll be talking about that in todays episode.
So please sit back, take it all in and I hope you enjoy!