Don’t Even Think About It! (Kangaroos!?)

Don't Even Think About...Whatever This Is!

i had a psychology teacher in university who walked into our auditorium class of 300+ students and said,

I want everyone to close their eyes and clear their minds. That’s it, let your mind go blank…good…don’t think…good…now, don’t think about anything that has to do with the word KANGAROO!

Instantly, all 300+ students in the auditorium began to laugh. Why? Because as soon as he mentioned the word “Kangaroo”, we could think about nothing but that!

His point was this: We as human beings have absolutely no control over the thoughts that pop into our heads. The only thing we can control is what we do with those thoughts, like if we choose to act on them or not.

As addicts, our brains are wired to think about certain things compulsively. This does not mean we’re failures. We lose only if we let our thoughts get the best of us. Don’t let that happen. Hold on to the Best of You.


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 March 4, 2012, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I would so have to agree with this…. Adding that its often times worse for men then it is for women. Just saying….

  2. Yes! Well said! Now i can’t get this fucking kangaroo out of my head!

  3. Beautiful advice, and yes – well said!

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