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When there’s a full plate of work in front of me, with looming deadlines and limited time, that’s when I need this program the most.  Because in the past, these assignments and projects would be looked at as hindrances to my drinking.

Step 1: we admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Now that the alcohol has been removed, why does the tightness remain?

Here’s the situation: I am attending a concert this evening, which means I need to leave work today around 2 o’clock. It also means that all day Monday and already this morning at 5:15 a.m., a deluge of new requests and high priorities have been filling my inbox. Each one in and of themselves should only take 30 or 40 minutes, even though the emailer assures me that it should only take me 10. Nothing better than having a salesman estimate my work load.

And already I’m starting to panic. It’s work I can’t start until I get into the office, which means I’ll spend the next two hours fretting and justifying my shortened workday.  So I breathe, I relax, and I commute with he understanding that I’ll be going one hundred miles an hour today, just to get the most urgent stuff off my plate.

Fast forward: it’s now 3:30 p.m. I got all my work done and approved.  Halfway to my friend’s house, I get hit with a number of emails, each asking for tiny little changes to things.  Things due to go out the door at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.  Wednesday.  The day I had taken off.  So, unless I can squeeze in a couple of hours of work before and after the concert, I’ll be getting up bright and early tomorrow and heading into the office to hit a morning deadline.

I write this to you on my friend’s front porch while I wait for him to get home from work as well.  So at least I can check this off my list.

Today:  I know I can get all of this done, because I’m not hindering myself through drink.  And even if I can’t, and have to give up a vacation day, so be it – one more I get to use later.  Right now, I’m just concentrating on rock-n-roll!

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