Don't feed the _ _ _ _ _!

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Don't feed the _ _ _ _ _!

Let's face it....Addiction is addiction anyway you slice it.
Before I fell into the gaming trap, i was addicted to food, shopping, drinking, music, fitness, and various other things along the way.... i have that personality. So its not surprising now that I look back and see the wreckage.... gaming was just another notch on the old addiction belt.
But now that I've worked the steps, examined the reasons why... i can better understand myself and these feelings. I've identified my triggers and I can sense when that demon is trying to manifest in other new areas of my life. This is HUGE for me! Because I know from past experiences, its always there.... waiting for a few crumbs....
I'd equate my addition to a hungry shark...anytime there's a drop of blood in the water.... its starts swimming towards me. I had that feeling yesterday when things were happening that trigger that response in me...but rather than let it consume me and feed it... I choose a different path...I got in my "shark cage" and looked that ugly demon in he face and said nope...GO AWAY!  And the more i practice this, the easier it gets. I know when the feelings and urges hit and I can say no know... making a better choice. I don't' have to let the shark devour me anymore....the key for me is knowing what it is, recognizing when its happening, and not feeding those feelings. I'm not afraid of it anymore no matter how ugly it is...I can use the tools and the things I've learned from my step work and stop feeding it...and that feels great! What are you feeding???

"Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant." ~Paul Coelho

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Rain wrote: ...I got in my
Rain wrote:

...I got in my "shark cage" and looked that ugly demon in he face and said nope...GO AWAY! And the more i practice this, the easier it gets.

Love this analogy. This is some great stuff, Rain. You've come a long way and are making some amazing progress. I'm so excited for you!


Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. ~Maria Robinson

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Hugs! I'm climbing in that

Hugs! I'm climbing in that shark cage right now.

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Agree with Silvertabbly.

Agree with Silvertabbly. Rain makes analogies that leap off the page and stay in the mind. It's a gift...

"She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it)." --Lewis Carroll

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Maybe I'll change my name to

Maybe I'll change my name to Meta4 hehe

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Good one, Rain!

Good one, Rain!

"Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation." taken from Papyrus, Corp.

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