Hiding Behind my Beer Can!

by Mick S, Tradesman, age 42, Australia

Let’s start by asking first, what is alcohol? …To side track just for a moment, let’s use our kids drinking water with cordial added to it as an example. Many of us have told our kids less cordial more water. (And more than once!) This waters down the sugar intake thus leaving us to deal with a lesser grade of sugar infused craziness and definitely no red cordial please. Is this making sense!

So we then move on to alcohol, which as many of us would know, is basically fermented sugar. But did you also know that the body actually treats this type of sugar as a poison to the point where we get sick if we have too much (that would be the hangover) or even really sick if we have way too much… (and that would be the vomiting). Not to mention the fact that alcohol is usually flavoured – requiring more sugar, to which we then add a mixer, which is even more sugar. So the end result is a drink made from sugar to which we then add a HUGE amount of additional sugar  – and we’re worried about the kids’ crazy behaviour! …Are we really this crazy?

So could it be possible that any amount of conversation fuelled by this amount of sugar be nothing more than dribble? … Haven’t we all been to that party as the designated driver and watch everyone around us turn into dribbling idiots?… Here’s a thought. Give your child a whole bag of lollies to eat in a short period of time and watch what happens to them – how they behave and speak to you!  …Hell, give them the whole cordial bottle with a straw! …What’s the difference? …Is this picture strong enough!

So back to the beginning – ‘hiding behind my beer can’.

I too for many years spent much of my time hiding behind my beer can, bottle, rum and coke, red wine etc. You get the picture? I had way too many delusional moments fuelled by an intoxication of alcohol and or drugs while sitting around with friends speaking a lot of BS – whilst seemingly solving the world’s problems. When all I was really doing was putting s**t on everyone around me. What a nice bloke! To make it even worse, and being due to my own stupidity at that time, little did I realise that I was fast becoming one of those world problems. Or maybe I had already got there. One to tick off the list. Isn’t it easy to be the big man and tell the big story about the one that got away after a few drinks?

But luckily for me something inside of me started to say, “…Hey, what’s going on here?” My health was in serious decline (evident by the many trips to the local doctor and hospital) and I knew that something needed to change.

At this stage of my life, I was extremely fortunate to meet Serge Benhayon. So let ME be very clear – from that moment which was about 11 years ago, Serge never ever told me what to do! …Mind you I did ask, but that was always met with the fact that everything is always MY CHOICE and it’s not for him (or anyone else) to tell ME what to do. I learnt through him there is no right or wrong – just me making choices for me. Pretty simple, don’t you think?

During our talks together I got to understand what MY choices were doing to MY body – the harm that I was doing to myself. Isn’t it a bugger when there is no one else to blame but You?

By that stage my body was not in good shape. I had serious organ problems, was very overweight (damn that take away shop) and boy-o-boy did I want the pain to stop.

What do you do when nobody is to blame and everything is about your choices?

SIMPLE – make different choices! So – I did. I took it upon myself to enrol in the very next Universal Medicine healing workshop. This decision – MY decision, changed my life forever, and not just for the good, but to (figuratively speaking) finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… “ ME ”.

223 thoughts on “Hiding Behind my Beer Can!

  1. Thanks Mick i love the way you illustrate just how crazy we are with our justifications for drinking alcohol and then worrying about how much sugar our children consume?! What a good way to distract us from taking responsibility for our own choices, never mind the fact that we are trying to control them and yet we are out of control. Alcohol was no longer working for me but after attending my first Universal Medicine presentation it was simple to choose to no longer consume it and this has given me the gift of getting to know me without the ‘protective shield’ I used to hide behind. A beautiful unfolding journey.

    1. Hi Helen. So glad you enjoyed. I also gave up alcohol many years ago and that is something I have never regretted.

  2. Hi Mick, it does seem crazy that when the body is talking to us through our health and we know that we are struggling, we still choose not to listen, We can’t get up in the morning, constant physical pain, symptoms of exhaustion, cravings, headaches etc – still pursuing the comfort of what we are ingesting and even increasing this to counteract the increasing distress of the body. Serge Benhayon’s Presentation’s speak to us honestly, always lovingly and what is shared is felt at a very deep level. It is known already deep within, often as the old voice of wisdom that speaks to us. There comes a time where we realise that these choices of complete and utter disregard for ourselves has to end. As you said – What do you do when nobody is to blame and everything is about your choices? Great Blog, thank you.

  3. Alcohol and sugar and the horrible unsustainable way it is grown with chemical fertilizers, and the run off from all these plantations along the east coast of Australia that pollutes the Ocean from Northern New South Wales to Cooktown not forgetting all the other countries where it is grown. And what is it grown for, for profit. Profit for the biggest legal drug dealers in the world who prey on our children knowing that a childhood of eating the drug sugar makes a very good customer for the real profit maker alcohol. Alcohol is the direct cause of so many of our health problems today.

  4. Wow, that’s a lot of sugar in alcohol, it’s interesting to look at it like that as I only really consider the negative effects of the alcohol content but that is just one aspect of the cocktail of harm.

  5. Thank you Mick for your honesty in sharing how you found your pot of gold. It is all about choices, and the power in them, to change our lives.

  6. Thank you Mick for such an honest sharing! Drinking sugar in any shape (fermented or otherwise) is pretty devastating for the body. Immediately it truly alters us. Long terms effects are also pretty negative. Many people love the alteration though as, through sugar, they create a state of being that is deeply familiar but which also affect their health. I know what I am talking about too. In my home, there was no drinking water, only Coca Cola. As a result of its intake, my teeth suffered quite a bit. Freeing ourselves from it is a wonderful choice and a wonderful gift for the body (and being). Choices are the key.

    1. I grew up on sugary drinks also. It has proven to be difficult at times to stay away from the sugar but as time passes it has become easier.

  7. A poignant statement – there is no one else to blame but ourselves for the mess we get ourselves into. Life is what we make it, and its all about our choices.

  8. I like the way that it shows how childish and irresponsible drinking alcohol is. Relating it to the many conversations I have had with my kids about eating too much sugar shows me how hypocritical I can be, and back in the day I remember using that phrase “I was a dribbling mess”. How could that possibly have been helping me?

  9. Great blog Mick. It comes back to the choices we make and making choices that are loving and honoring of our body.

  10. What a great question you raised in your powerful blog Mick:” What do you do when nobody is to blame and everything is about your choices?” More reflection is not needed . . . let us all “suck this egg” – if I can say it like this.

  11. Love your last line Mick – finding ourselves is definitely a pot of gold at the end of our rainbow and an invaluable treasure.

  12. Thanks Mick, enjoyed reading this blog, I like the analogy of the cordial and the beer, had a bit of a laugh of how true this is.
    It is also inspiring the way you chose to change your way of living and finally found the pot of gold – you.

    1. Hi Francisco. It was fun to write and I even have a bit of a giggle myself when I read it myself.

  13. What a great point of realisation you have shared Mick, that when we are sitting with blaming everyone else for our problems or for things not going the way we want, we don’t realise that the way we are is actually the problem. Being aware that we are responsible for the choices we make has changed everything in my life, in an immensely positive way. Thank you for sharing and I loved how you have claimed – ‘finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… “ ME ”.’ – super inspiring.

  14. Thanks Mary for your honesty also. If I had ignored the constellation that brought me to Serge Benhayon many years ago I would shudder to think where I might be today.

  15. A most inspiring blog Mick written from your personal experience with a lovely humour and detachment about alcohol and its shocking impact on the body and our lives.
    Attending my very first presentation by Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine in 2008 brought me far to face with a deep hidden hurt and how I used alcohol to have a ‘sense of belonging’ with a peer group – all it ever did was leave me feeling more separated and alone after the few severe hangovers I had experienced. From that date forth, alcohol became a thing of the past, it was not even a difficult challenge to stop drinking – the impact of the words from Serge Benhayon about the harm alcohol causes was actually FELT deeply in my body.
    A choice which has led to many other self healing choices leading to a wellbeing and joy never experienced before.
    Thank you Mick for your sharing with such honesty.

    1. Thanks for your comment Stephanie. I can still remember the day I decided to stop drinking. It was about 11 to 12 years ago and I could feel without any doubt it was time to stop so I just stopped. A truly great moment.

    2. Thanks Stephanie I can relate to drinking to have a ‘sense of belonging’ which is such an illusion because it is impossible to truly connect with others when under the influence so it only reinforces feelings of isolation. Taking responsibility for the harm I had done to my own body through alcohol has also led me to a deeper sense of health and wellbeing that continues to expand.

  16. Thanks Mick – I love this article. Very honest and down to earth in how you’ve shared. I feel many of us can relate to having been there with the alcohol; I can relate to much that you’ve expressed here. I used it myself for years to numb and therefore avoid feeling the deep anguish I was in…Once we’re really honest about why we drink it – then things can start to shift and change…

    1. Hi Rachel. Honesty is always the best. I was sitting on the couch one night and I could feel it so strong that this no longer worked for me. All the alcohol in the house went and I never went back.

  17. Yep paint it as it is Mick because it is simply crazy to think that we can get away with any kind of abuse to our body without it having an impact on it. We are after all, the sum total of our choices and our body simply reflects the type of choices we have made. To love or not love.

    1. So true about our choices. When I started writing this blog it really became apparent how crazy the culture behind alcohol is and the many harms it is doing.

      1. Yes and what is also insidious is that we endorse this type of culture and behaviour as being okay in our society. What I have been noticing is the rate of crime, violence and domestic abuse rising in uncontrollable levels from alcohol, that something will have to give sooner or later. We can’t afford to go on in denial of what is actually taking place in our communities.

  18. Absolutely gorgeous article. So true and simple. I cannot even think of any other way once I was reading this article. Alcohol is just not it! And it harms big time too.. It’s true! Our own choices – we make them – we are RESPONSIBLE for them – we have got no one to blame! Not always so pleasant to feel, but I would rather be honest than living a lie in illusion and denial of the truth. Thank you for this fresh and real revelation.

    1. Thanks Danna. Every time I come back to this blog and read the beautiful comments left, I am always inspired to be more responsible in every moment I can so that I get to show honesty without illusion for all to see.

  19. I love this Mick, it makes me giggle too because it is so easy to blame everyone else for our woes. In fact we have choices left right and centre that we don’t even notice anymore. I love the analogy with kids and sugar. SO true, I was just reading about the affects of sugar on rats brains and their inability to think clearly so science is proving it to be true but…do we really want to listen? Serge Benhayon has been presenting for over 12 years now, I am not sure he is saying anything different from the very first day…it all comes down to our choices…and one of them is to listen or not listen. If you don’t like what you are hearing don’t listen and walk away, if it makes sense…then act on it in your own life. A simple choice!

    1. So true. There is nothing here we don’t know but it is that choice to listen or not to the body. Yes a simple choice.

  20. Craziness indeed Mick, I agree. I love the red cordial (‘turned up’) analogy – yes, alcoholic drinks are mostly full of sugar, and then the substance of alcohol itself, which kills human tissue, is toxic to our bodies, and all the rest… And we have this to ‘relax’ or ‘wind down’? Really?? and a big Ouch…
    I say this with no judgement on people who do drink, for I used to be able to put a few (quite a few) away myself, until my body also ‘force-slowed’ my drinking down, and eventually I kicked the last of it when I came to the work of Universal Medicine, and well, started to feel so great in my body (from various choices I made, and the profound differences I found from attending healing courses and sessions with Universal Medicine trained practitioners) – that I simply could no longer ingest a substance that would leave me feeling so awful.

  21. I love how you say it as it is so simply, Mick…it doesn’t get any clearer than this no matter what age you are – that when consumed, alcohol is a poison in the body.

  22. An awesome blog Mick thank you. I love how you made the damaging effects of alcohol so clear through the analogy you used with children drinking and eating lots of sugar.

  23. Mick I love the way that you tell it like it is and the simplicity and clarity with which you write is glorious. I, like you, have spent so much time talking s**t off my face convinced that what I was saying had meaning and depth! Convinced that the relationships I was having with other people who were also off their chops were meaningful! I ignored the fact that I couldn’t say meaningful things to these people when I was straight and not under the influence. What I love about being with others from Universal Medicine is that we can express how we feel to each other without needing anything to alter our mood!

    1. I would add to that in saying that often its sharing something that is incredibly simple and down to earth that can be the most profound, and the best time to be feeling that is when you are completely yourself (and not a gibbering wreck).

  24. Mick, this is a very awesome blog. I love the cordial/alcohol analogy that exposes the age-old falsity we seem to follow when parenting which is: ‘do as I say, not as I do’. Where is the responsibility, inspiration and reflection in that?! I love it that your ‘pot of gold’ was simply YOU and not the shine of the brew in your hands and also your little pearl of wisdom that made me laugh: “Isn’t it a bugger when there is no one else to blame but You?” So true – the choice is always in our hands. Equal parts infuriating and liberating (depending on which part we are listening to!) Thank you.

  25. I love the simplicity of your blog, Mick, it makes so much good sense, all that sugar, realising it is our choices that have ended us up where we are, the opportunity to change the choices, and the pot of gold!

  26. I never realized the connection before, Kids buzzing on red cordial and adults on their own sugar driven trip. I remember my first beer I did not like the taste but I wanted the camaraderie of being with the other men, so I ignored what my body was telling me.
    In the town where I grew up drinking is a deeply ingrained part of the culture. The more you could drink the more of a man you were. Throughout those wasted years I saw and participated in the worst sugar and alcohol fueled behavior for those of us that partook. Even just one glass will begin the abuse of yourself and others.

    1. I agree Bernard, it is amazing what a difference one glass makes. I once spent an evening talking with a person. He sipped a single glass of wine throughout and I had water. Everything was fine until he took that last swig – and suddenly – and there is no other way of putting it – he started talking rubbish. I didn’t say anything but he noticed the change and it got a little awkward but what really surprised me was the difference that last little bit in the glass made.

      1. Agreed Christoph. After I had given up drinking alcohol I was invited to several get togethers with close friends. As the drinking started and continued it became difficult very quickly to hold a conversation with anyone. They would start talking gibberish and the more drinks the harder it became to understand or follow their conversations. It was only after I stopped drinking that I could see what effect it was having on my friends.

    1. Yes it’s simple. Sugar is sugar no mater how it is consumed. As an adult we wouldn’t go out to a party and have 10 glasses of cordial but if our child is at a party we often limit this to 1 or 2 cups.

  27. I love the way you’ve written about this Mick. You’ve talked about alcohol in a way that is so totally detached – which can only come from someone who has not the slightest attachment to or need for any substance that affects your valued pot of gold.

  28. Thanks Mick for sharing this story – I hid behind a Gin and Tonic glass. It’s been 10 years since I had a drink of alcohol now – Wow that is so amazing! I am so grateful that it was presented to me in such a way through Universal Medicine that I realised I had a choice. It seems so crazy that I didn’t even stop to think about whether or not to drink. It was just a ‘rite of passage’, I couldn’t wait to turn 18 and start to drink legally, literally, because I certainly didn’t wait until 18 to drink! I had never thought about actually how much sugar we actually consume when we drink alcohol – it is staggering really.

  29. Great comparison between the sugary fixes we give kids and alcohol, a grown up sugary fix that has slightly more serious side effects. I’ve never been told not to drink alcohol but got to a point where I no longer wanted to poison my body. We have so much control of the choices we can make and giving up alcohol was a very powerful one for me.

  30. I loved reading this Mick, and yes, you are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It really does come down to taking responsibility and making the necessary changes.

  31. Hey Mick, I loved reading your article and enjoyed your candid honesty. I relate to everything you say about alcohol and like you, love my life since making different choices.

  32. I have been hiding for most of my life behind a glass of alcohol, thinking this was normal, socially accepted and something which is part of life. How I loved, or more honest, needed my daily glass of wine at some point! When I learned that everything is a choice and the importance of taking care of myself, I decided to stop drinking for one month. That one month is now nearly 4 years on and boy oh boy, how I love myself for making this choice!

  33. The power of being responsible for ourselves,with no one to blame, and the power to make different choices is offered clearly and delightfully here. Thank you Mick

  34. Mick what a great blog ..
    ‘To make it even worse, and being due to my own stupidity at that time, little did I realise that I was fast becoming one of those world problems’
    This makes sense to me, in that …. if I do not chose to be responsible for our own wellbeing then I am contributing to this world epidemic…
    I have been a part of the problem and I now choose to be a part of the change, and this feels amazing ✨✨

  35. Beautiful blog Mick. Loved your simple direct honesty especially in describing how concerned we are as parents for the level of sugar intake that our children are exposed to, so often without a second thought as to what we are doing to ourselves. Bringing responsibility back to ourselves to make the choices that support our bodies and not harm it has been for me a life changer. Clearing my body of sinus and Asthma and also now having a body that can feel my love inside of it. Too beautiful for words. My choice to adjust the way I was living has made this possible.

  36. Great blog and fun to read! Yes we hide behind so many things and sweet talk around just to not admit how self harming we live, calling it normal. There is this one specific ingredient of life we don’t want to look at, thats called responsibility. We claim it from our children and we complain if they don’t have it, but we are so good in avoiding it too. How different would the world be if everyone would assume responsibility for their choices! For sure we wouldn’t have such big problems with our young as they would learn from early age that we are responsible for our choices and that we are accountable for them!

  37. I love this, and the way you have described what alcohol is – no hiding from how ridiculous it is! And the same goes for how we can choose to abuse our bodies – no hiding from that either – there is no one to blame but we we can take responsibility for ourselves. Which also points out how ridiculous it is when our health is falling apart. Beautiful blog, thanks Mick.

  38. This is great Mick, I love your analogy between childrens drinks and alcoholic drinks. When we take responsibility and monitor what our children have and yet we are not taking the same responsibility for ourselves. What type of role models are we demonstrating to our children? By choosing to change, take responsibility and by making nurturing loving choices to support yourself Mick you are now a wonderful role model to children and all people you know.

  39. I love how you tell it as it is Mick and highlight the fact that we wouldn’t want our children to be behaving in this way yet as adults we think it is OK.

  40. What a joy to read Mick. Matter of fact, down to earth, truth. I love it. What you say blows drinking alcohol out of the water – it’s crazy (and makes people say and do crazy things).

    1. Thank you Mick and Sandra, I agree, life and alcohol, which is just another sugar, do not mix and are the absolute polar opposites. Also the kids on the red sugar drinks also hit the “crazy’ button and how can we justify this absurdity? Could it be we are fooled into thinking sugar is good for us? Maybe if we allow a series of time-lapse interviews with children and adults with before and after scenarios, people will wake up? There are also many students of the Livingness who are also living in a true wisdom of their bodies, by listening to their bodies, these students who are not addicted to sugars of any description, could this be a way forward? Maybe there could be studied of both at the same time? Nothing to lost in this type of trial and a lot to be gained, especially when we live in a society that is becoming more ill every day and the students of the Livingness as presented by Serge Benhayon are becoming healthier by the minute.

  41. A great honest and down to earth account of what alcohol actually is. When put the way you have, it makes me say ‘who would want to touch it?’
    I know what it’s like to hide behind a drink, I did it for years as a teenager, but this only masked what I didn’t want to feel in my body. I could see the adverse affects of alcohol and stopped in my early 20’s only to take up something else in its place.
    I now know that without the drugs and stimulants, I get to feel the real Me. So my question is, why don’t people want to feel who they truly are?

  42. Mick, this is a great and inspiring story. Even though you make it humorous it’s clear that it’s also a very important matter, realizing that everything is one’s own choice and that choices can be changed. Have you noticed how many people photographed at events, posted on social media and in family albums, are holding a beer can or glass of wine? I never paid it much heed, until the high incidence of it began to ring bells. I felt that, as you say, they are indeed hiding behind their alcohol, using a socially acceptable ‘shield’ to hold at bay the vulnerability that would come from getting close to people without any ‘defences’. There are many shields we hide behind: kids, pets, sports, uniforms, being celeb fans, anything….. And why do we feel the need for the shields, I wonder? How about if, realizing we are all in the same boat in one way or other, we all put down our shields together? Now what an awesome party THAT would be!

    1. Hi Dianne. I love what you said about the “socially acceptable shield”. Its so true we use many things in life as shields to get by and I would certainly Love to be at that party. How much fun.

  43. Thanks Mick. Serge Benhayon has this unique way of stating simple truths, which hit a chord within and then start to unfold within oneself as the truth. It is wonderful to be open to feeling in so many blogs, this way people are sharing their truth and inspiring others likewise.

  44. Great analogy Mick about alcohol and cordial. So funny when you think about it – parents worrying about how much cordial or juice kids have drunk at a party so that they are not too rowdy later and disturb the hangover!

    1. So true. As adults we wouldn’t go to a party and drink 6+ cups of cordial, but in my past I had drunk 6+ cups of alcohol.

  45. Mick, your story of additives and neglect is one I was most adept at also undertaking. Thanks for sharing – I too had beer goggles and could not see the wood for the trees. A couple of years into Universal Medicine and I’m still discovering how my different choices affect me, my well-being and energy that returns. As Serge Benhayon says – “De Nile is not just a river”!

  46. It is interesting the double standards we live with. We tell the kids to reduce their sugar intake because of what it does to them yet we as adults seem to think it is fine to drink copious amounts of sugar infused alcohol and imagine it has no affect on us. It just does not make sense..

  47. Loved reading this Mick, especially your kids, lollies, cordial analogies! I used alcohol to ‘connect’ to other people but now it is so obvious that there was absolutely no connection in my relationships when alcohol was present. When the party was over I had to deal with the damage done to my relationships and my body and it was not pretty. I love living life without the need or desire to drink alcohol now.

  48. When I was drunk, I too Mick, I thought, at the time, I was having an in depth meaningful conversation with another drunk person. The next day I could not remember what we had talked about and when I could, more often then not we were not even talking about the same subject we were just off on our own tangents, both full of bulls…t neither one of us listening to the other, solving the worlds problems indeed !!!!!

  49. The sugar example makes a lot of sense! and so does the fact that if I chose it, I can not choose it again by that same ability to choose. And if there is something felt that I do want to feel, I can choose to repeat that feeling.

  50. Mick this was utter joy to read just as much as it has been for you by the sounds of it. It really is that simple, we have the power to make different choices that can either support and nurture us or harm us. We have the key.

  51. Thank you for your great article – and even though I notice it was submitted at the end of 2012 the story about the insidious affect that alcohol has on our humanity never alters – and also another thing that never alters is the fact that we have to accept that the responsibility of our choices is our own, and there’s nought to point the finger at nor blame anybody else.
    From the presentations at Universal Medicine and from Serge Benhayon I found in the early stages of re-discovering who I truly was that this was indeed a slightly bitter (not sugar sweet) pill to have to swallow but that indeed was the truth.

  52. Great blog Mick direct and to the point, I don’t drink alcohol anymore but if I did after reading your blog I would definitely be questioning if that is something I would want to continue doing. If alcohol had a label on it saying, “warning you are drinking a poison” people would be more likely to stop and question what they are putting into their body.

  53. Great that you found ‘YOU’, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – but more so, great for everyone that comes into contact with you in your life. You truly are gold and the life you are now choosing to live is proof of that.

  54. Mick, it was so joyful to read your blog. Your analogy between alcohol and cordial is gold and so true. I had never thought of alcohol having that much sugar, which of course it does. Your humour that comes from being the ‘real you’ is a delight.

  55. There’s nothing like pointing out the hypocrisy of what we consider ok for adults but not ok for kids, to see the ridiculousness of how we live. Are we somehow less precious than our kids, less affected by poisons in our body? I don’t think so…

    1. So true Fiona. Parents are known to limit cordial and soft drink to their children because of the sugar content but do they apply the same principle to themselves when it comes to alcohol?

  56. Great article Mick, as I’m sure most of us can relate to what you are sharing here and have made very similar choices in the past, but have now taken responsibility for ourselves (thanks to the inspiration of Serge Benhayon) and our choices, so are able to revel in our own delightful self, once again.

  57. Thanks Mick, I too have travelled a similar path and, but for the grace of God, would still be lost if I hadn’t met Serge Benhayon and learnt self-responsibility and self-loving choices.

    1. Same here. Totally lost with a can of beer in my hand thinking I’m being clever and witty. Alcohol sure is a great way to lose sight of that rainbow that leads to the real you.

  58. Thank you Mick for introducing the new YOU. Love your willingness to laugh at yourself about the choices that you made prior to meeting Serge Benhayon and the obvious love you now have for yourself.

  59. Mick, I love your analogy of the cordial bottle – another example of ‘do what I say, not what I do’. But I really love how you took responsibility for your own choices which had lead to poor health & made different ones – super simple.

  60. What a fun way to express all this…Thanks Mick. I also loved what you said about finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…me.

  61. Awesome blog mick…I so loved the part about finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…me. I enjoyed reading the fun way you expressed it all,

  62. Mick what you are sharing makes complete sense even though I had never put cordial and alcohol in the same basket. And you are right it is about choice and our responsibility to make choices that support our bodies not harm it.

  63. Mick I like your no nonsense way of writing. It reminded me of the fact that I would never drink cordial unless it was super watered down but would happily sit there with a rum and coke and wouldn’t just stop at one either. Putting it that way does make you stop and think about the amount of sugar and the fact that our bodies are not designed to consume copious amounts of it – if any.

  64. Loved reading this blog and what you have exposed around alcohol Mick and how simply you made different choices that truly supported you to be more of you. And I love your quesion towards the end: What do you do when nobody is to blame and everything is about your choices?” A great question to have on billbords in staff rooms as a gentle reminder on the moment that you read it/found it, that whatever situation you find yourself in, you have created it and are part of it, and thus have the power to change it. Awesome.

  65. Thanks everyone for your comments. It was lots of fun to write and that pot of gold just continues to grow.

  66. Great analogy with the kid’s cordial. So often we say, ‘Do as I say not as I do’. As you have shared, Mick, that does not work but that when one ‘walks one’s talk’ life changes.

  67. This is a great read, a super fresh article and humorous exposé. I learnt and laughed a lot! brilliant expression, thank you Mike.

  68. Hi Mick, I loved reading this – it was just so simple! Everything you’ve expressed made perfect sense to me and was spelled out magnificently.

  69. ​All my choices are made by me, I feel the impact of them and learn from them, good and bad, some supportive and others not so supportive. I’ve also been down that route, Mick, and am now choosing differently.​

  70. Hi Mick great article, but I disagree, I am sure that when I was drunk, I solved many word problems… I also invented heaps of things that I later saw on late night informercials… I also had many deeply insightful conversations… I just can’t remember the exact details… so don’t quiz me on the particulars : )

    1. Hi Rebecca. Love your response. Look I’m sure without doubt that I indeed re-invent the wheel on several occasions but also have problems remembering the outcome.

  71. Loved reading this Mick. Yet another great real life story of someone taking responsibility, making choices of self-care & changing their life! These are the sorts of stories our teenagers should be reading at school.

  72. You jokingly say “Isn’t it a bugger when there is no one else to blame but You?”
    I seriously say “isn’t it wonderful when you discover that there is no one else to blame but ME” because that means I can change it.

  73. Last year my youngest son had some mate over for a sleep over. They hung out the back around a mini campfire, cooked some hot dogs and had juice bottles on hand. As the night progressed I noticed them going back to the ice box for ‘juice’, they would get a bit more crazy but keep going back… it was like watching an adult BBQ. Very scary how subtly this consciousness slips in… thanks Mick for calling it out.

  74. Thanks so much Mick – strong and straight – its a ” sit up and take notice ” that we create the bodies we end up with… when all the time our pot of gold is inside us waiting to be re-discovered.

    1. I love this too, it’s easy to see how there doesn’t have to be any hardness or blame on our past choices as when we get to know the ‘pot of gold’ that we are, we can see that we were simply making choices that didn’t support the gold within us to come out. And from my experience, how much beauty we really have always been when we choose what supports us.

  75. Mick, you’ve managed to make it blatantly clear how ridiculous it is that people intentionally consume a drink that is a poison in many ways. I can totally relate, as I’m sure many others can, in that I used to indulge in the same behavior to bury my emotional issues and not deal with them, as it seemed too hard to face the fact that I was responsible for the whole mess, as you stated in this blog. After finding UniMed and changing all that, it almost seems like that was the life of a different person I don’t even recognize now.

  76. What a great parallel of children and red cordial, Mick. Talk about a sugar high – and to realise alcohol does the same. OUCH!

    1. Too true Judy. I’d never thought about it this way and that fact that alcohol (aside from everything else it contains) is so loaded with sugar… We know what sugar often does to children and how we realise they become ‘hyped’ up and not themselves and that we can become frustrated with their behaviour as a result, so why is it that we are not making this same connection with alcohol and in fact often herald the behaviour that results from consumption.

  77. Damn good common sense article Mick. I don’t know where my common sense went for all those grog filled wasted years (and dollars) while repeating the words, “never again”. Eventually, after much procrastination, I made the choice to stop and my life changed for the better. But I can’t help asking myself, “What the hell was I thinking?”

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