Yes, I Trash Can

My life is 4 trash cans with 3 lids—some garbage is always coming out somewhere.

i related on a deep level to this concept a woman shared in the rooms. It reminded me of before AA, when i tried to “sponsor myself”, to quit on my own. i’d be able to quit drinking but there was always another addiction that arose and screwed me over.

Fortunately, Recovery is helping me keep a lid on my troubles. Even when some of the garbage inevitably spills out, the quantity is smaller and the mess is a little less.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on October 6, 2011, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. How ’bout just take out the trash? (lol) I get the 4 cans 3 lids concept, and it’s very true — a bit like that “squeezing the balloon” metaphor, too. But really — what about letting the air out of the balloon or just taking out the trash? Possible?

    It kind of seems like in my own process I have just had to get in there, do the dirty work, go through the cans, and toss out what is not salvageable. I mean, yeah, there’s always something; I don’t think I can ever get myself 100% clean and organized. But I have taken a lot of the core issues and they have been transformed, usually by the hard work of getting in there and examining the issues, where they come from, and how I can re-frame them.

    Messy stuff.

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