When the Vice is Away…


Yesterday…Bertha…gave me the title for today’s blog…as I was editing…Becoming Bertha…then…she left me to contemplate her message…

There’s a chapter in the book…Heel Dumping…that has to do with letting go…and…yes…it refers to more than just worn out shoes…but…it didn’t really touch on…vices

However…vices…were what she wanted me to think about…and so…I did…particularly…letting go of vices…

I’ll digress…just a bit…the message in…Heel Dumping…is about replacing something before you release it…for example…a job…it’s usually best to find a new job…before you leave the one you’re in…

That was easy for me…it made sense…although there are times when just jumping off the cliff is the best way to go…I generally appreciate my security a bit more than that…

But…what about…vices…

Well…after letting the concept roll around in my brain for a bit…Bertha…was all too happy to fill me in…

Seems…the same principle is at work…it’s easier to release a vice…if I’ve replaced it with something else…something positive…and…if I start embracing the something else…before I start releasing…so much the better…

She reminded me of my diet soda vice of a few years back…the only good thing about the amount of soft drinks I consumed…was the workout I got from carrying all those 12-packs into the house…no need to lift weights

I tried several times…to…cut back…to no avail…until…I decided…I could drink as many as I wanted…as long as I drank at least 64 ounces of water…and…I started doing just that…but…what I found was…I didn’t have room for many drinks…and I quickly got down to one a day…then…after a couple of days of that…I realized I hadn’t had my drink for the day…and if I wanted it…I needed to drink it…right then

I haven’t had one since…and I think that was five years ago…

Of course…she was only…too…happy to list my other vices…past and present…but…I still have edits to do…so we won’t go there…

Let’s just say that…the process works for many things…and leave it at that…

Jane

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