Seven Comforts

Used 2012-09-27 Comfort Food Sobriety Recovery Alcoholism

Comfort Food

Fellow Recovery Artist Mrs D posted an article on her wonderful blog about listing “7 Comforts of the Home”. As i read the post, i mentally started my own list and surprised myself when i realized my computer is not one of my “comforts”; all the more surprising when you consider this is where i spend the vast majority of my time when i’m at home, but there you go.

Anyway, here’s the list i came up with. If you’re feeling up to it, why not share your 7 Comforts in the Comments Section?

  1. The radio. i love listening to the radio, even if i rarely do it. i think i like it because it takes me back to my youth before Walkmans and MP3s when i had to listen to AM radio in my parents’ car. i also like it because i don’t have to do the work of choosing what to listen to, the DJ does it for me, i just have to sit back and enjoy.
  2. Books. Another one of those things i like but don’t do a lot. Feeling the weight of the pages and the texture of the paper is a real comfort.
  3. My bed. It’s a super crappy hide-a-bed i keep open all the time, with a sagging slat frame and a mattress as thick and soft as a soda cracker. But i feel safe in bed, spiritually and psychically protected like nowhere else in the world.
  4. Candles. Candlelight has a profoundly soothing power over me.
  5. This city. She’s a real bitch to live in day to day, but when i make the effort to walk around and get out and take advantage of all the treasures she has to offer, there’s a magic that lays just below the surface if you have the strength to dig for it and the desire to look.
  6. Autumn. My favorite season. i feel a sense of peace in Autumn that comes so naturally i don’t even have to look for it.
  7. Writing pen to paper. The physical feel of writing transports my soul to another place where my dreams have already come true.

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 September 27, 2012, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Awesome! I love it. I love it because it gives us readers an insight into your life and particularly your creature comforts. And I love it because after making a list it makes us more aware of those simple things that make us feel good everyday. And appreciation for the simple things is one of the keys to a happy life! OH MY GOODNESS HOW DEEP AM I?! Got to go on holiday now… bye! Take care xxxx

  2. Thank you for sharing your list. Here would be mine…and no, I’m not copying.

    1) Autumn. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
    2) Music. Radio is the preferred method of delivery but since my radio only plays in Spanish (wtf), ill take it anyway I can.
    3) Books. Coming out of a library or bookstore with the purchase of 200 pages of humor, horror or whatever is truly a comfort.
    4) The view from the top of the “hill”. Most spectacular in the autumn.
    5) Cooking. Chopping, slicing and dicing are so rhythmic. You can be as creative as you want and get to eat delicious food at the end.
    6) Pen to paper writing (I swear). I was just telling a friend that I was going to resume a story via the old school method of pen and paper.
    7) Sitting outside when the moon is full. So mesmerizing. Extra points if it is a harvest moon.

    Thank you again for the fine post, Al! L.

  3. I love this post, but what made it for me was the description of a mattress “as thick and soft as a soda cracker.”

    • BBB! Thanks for the note. i appreciated it as i’m a creative writer (short fiction, usually) at heart, although with this blog i excise most of the curlicues in order to communicate more simply. Still, i allow myself a “slip” every now and then and it’s always flattering when a reader finds it!

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