The Standoff

Eventually, over time, we all become our own doppelgangers, you know, these completely different people who just happen to look like us. Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother


This image & quote seemed so appropriate today. After mentioning how much I’ve changed over the past 2 1/2 years—living sober—I’ve been beating myself up today. Not a huge ass-whooping, but it was enough to summon a dark cloud above my head.

There are several things that I wanted to accomplish over my vacation, and I’ve barely gotten around to any of them! Failing to prioritize is an old habit that’s been flirting with me lately—batting it’s eyelashes and beckoning me to come out and play; “do what you want, not what you should.” Today it sort of hit me that I need to get my butt in gear.

The gull in the image, looking at her doppelganger (or alter ego perhaps) made me think of it; how easy it is to nitpick and overthink the pros and cons of EVERYTHING. What’s important? What’s not? Am I on the right path or am I heading in the wrong direction? That kind of overthinking usually leads to a standoff—or complete paralysis—and then absolutely nothing gets done.

The GOOD news here is that I was reminded of what my friend Gil has said to me time and time again: “It’s a Journey!” As long as I’m breathing, sober, and taking positive steps—there really is no wrong.

Needless to say, the standoff finally ended, the cloud lifted…

…and the journey continues.

Monday is the perfect day to correct last week’s mistakes.

Stay Encouraged!