12 Steps and a Trip

12 Step Computer AddictsPut me in a 12-Step program. I’ve been through one before, but that was eons ago.

12-Step programs offer fantastic structure with “rules for accountability and living.” Back in the day, it was clear whose shit was whose right from the start, and yes, ahem… I did make a small, negative contribution to the “problem.” In the walls of those meetings, I made friends who were seeking healthy boundaries and I learned to sniff out abusers, so I wouldn’t repeat my choices. I had a sponsor. I’m not sure if anyone would man-up and sponsor my recovery with my current problem.

I have a computer problem.

I need to take 12-steps back from my computer…way back.

It’s affecting the quality of my life and work.  The black tar social media is the worst.(click to party with me and Tweet this)  It’s become a nag, a constant, driving, whiny beast, tugging, clawing at the corner of my mind each time I try to focus on something truly productive. When I do break free, I feel elated and light spirited.  I’m mindfully engaged. I’m not sure what’s rewarding about lighting up the screen again, but I know from my previous training, there must be a payoff for the dysfunctional behaviour to continue. Seems I’m gettin’ my fix. Continue reading “12 Steps and a Trip”

Fair Weather Thinking – Part III

(This is the last of a 3 part series on “Fair Weather Thinking” that will be published in the month of July. “Fair Weather Thinking” is designed to help you identify possibilities in your life by helping you clear the path of mental and physical debris that can cloud good decision-making. Think clearly, because your life is a result of the choices you make. Part I and Part II can be read here).

“The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.”Think clearly

  ~Emily Dickinson

In the previous 2 posts about “Fair Weather Thinking” we discussed some tools for clearing the mental clutter you create. I’m sure you thought I sounded like your mother – “Clean your room!” “Clean your mind!” “If you put it there, you can surely pick it up and put it in its place.” Yes, it is kind of like that, and that mother’s voice in your head can be useful…at times. (Though we may need a post on how to ball-gag the mother…just sayin’). Continue reading “Fair Weather Thinking – Part III”

Fair Weather Thinking – Part II

(This is the second of a 3 part series on “Fair Weather Thinking” that will be published in the month of July. “Fair Weather Thinking” is designed to help you identify possibilities in your life by helping you clear the path of mental and physical debris that can cloud good decision making. Think clearly, because your life is a result of the choices you make. You can also read Part I and Part III).

Fair weather affords us the ability to see clearly. We can see the distant horizon, as well as what’s directly in front of Think Clearlyus. In “Fair Weather Thinking – Part II”  we explore how keeping our “mental atmosphere” clear of “particulate” allows us to see more options and possibilities when making decisions. As a result of thoughtful choices, we find ourselves living more consciously constructed lives. (click to Tweet)  Continue reading “Fair Weather Thinking – Part II”