The Big Deal

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Straightening Myself Out

When i was in university i didn’t wash my sheet during my senior year. At the end, it was a mural containing the stains that painted the story of my life.

Now, i make my bed every morning. i do the laundry weekly, iron my shirts on Sunday night and clean my sheets every other week.

When i was drinking, everything was a big deal. Cleaning was huge deal. Writing was a huge deal. Following through was a deal so huge there was no point in even trying.

In the past, everything was such a big deal in my head that i couldn’t even begin to begin. Now, because i’m not afraid to start, i understand that chores and articles and friendships are molehills and not the mountains i’d made of them. One of the things i’m grateful for in sobriety is that i can start things.

Being “right-sized” is not just a question of putting myself in correct perspective, but the life around me as well.

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No Big Deal


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 December 8, 2012, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. jumpingpolarbear

    It sure messes up how hot a girl looks, how good you really think you can fight, and how bad you really dance :).

  2. The introspection of this post really put things in the right perspective for me.

  3. Okay, as a non-Barbie-doll-proportioned female human who has been hit on by guys in bars, I should probably object to that second photo. But it is effing hilarious. And I never went home with any of ’em.

    Thanks for another thought-provoking post. That sobriety allows you to begin, so that you can follow through, is something that gets overlooked, I think.

    • i hesitated putting the picture. i’m such the black sheep of the sober blogging world. i had it at the top, originally but moved it to the bottom, anyway.

      Thanks for the comment and kind words and i promise, if you keep coming back, that i’ll make an effort to be more politically correct!

      Al K Hall

  4. You. Make. The. Bed. Every. Morning.


    Okay, that right there is a powerful testimony to the efficacy of sobriety though the 12 Steps!!

    Kind of joking, and kind of not! That’s actually really impressive. Shows that you not only are able to begin, but that you care a lot more, too, about some of those small yet important things to having a right-sized life. Nice!


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