A Dry Toast

Used 2013-09-19 Dry Toast (AlKHall Anonymous sobriety recovery)

One of the bad habits that followed me like a mangy dog out of my alcoholism and into my sober life was The Best of Intentions. The sad thing about my Best of Intentions was that it remained just that, an Intention.

  • i should reach out
  • i should read that book
  • i should go to a meeting
  • i should post that blog

Fortunately, every sober day makes it a little easier for me to stop thinking i should do something, but to actually do it instead.

  • i reached out
  • i read that book
  • i went to a meeting
  • i posted this blog…

The next time you hear yourself saying “I should”, try changing it to “I did”.


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. http://about.me/AlKHall

Posted on September 19, 2013, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. … and I commented on this blog! Great stuff, Al. I love reading about your progress in recovery, it gives me hope for mine!

  2. Wise words indeed. And the more “did”‘s I accumulate, the easier it is to do.

    Awesome 🙂


  3. Love it! Reminds me of rehab a bit… When we were in group therapy, there was always a box of tissues on the floor in the middle. When someone said I should, or I’ll try, the counselor would say, ok you should try to pick up that box! LOL! It took me forever to figure out what she was trying to teach us! – funny how I remember that now 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post!! Recently I learned that rather than saying “should” it would be more creative to say “I could”. Should, puts too much pressure on me about what I’m supposed to do and gives me a guilty conscience when I don’t. Could, is an option that I have – and it has helped me (that swap of words) to reach those “dids”.

    I should clean my apartment… aaaarrgghhh… that one is a pain in the butt. And I can procrastinate that cleaning for months!

    I could clean my apartment. Hmmmm, if I cleaned my apartment on Friday I could enjoy a lovely weekend all satisfied with my achievement 😀

    Have a brilliant weekend, take care Al K!

  5. You could come by and leave a comment, and voila!

    It’s so nice to have you back amongst us in the sober blogging community, my friend!

    Keep coming back,

    Al K Hall

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