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PostSubject: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:56 am

We all have something that we are very proud of that we have done so I thought you may wish to share with all the Brothers and Sisters here.

Let us know some details on how you began, the journey, rewards...
Maybe you are still in the process and would like to share what you are doing and results this far. Maybe a Brother/Sister here would be able to offer some advice to help you along the way.


While I have a wonderful family, that is not my greatest achievement.
This April will mark my 20th year SOBER.

I had my last drink on my wedding day in April of '93. After many years, I went from a case of beer a day and whatever else, to nothing.
I have to give the credit to God as I asked Him to take it from me and believed that He could and would. HE DID! I have not looked back or wanted to do these things since. No cravings, DTs, no 12 steps, nothing. Well, I guess my greatest achievement actually belongs to God.

I believe this has helped me to be better in my family life and guide them to be the wonderful people they are.

Looking forward to see what Y'all have to share.

Ken


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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:03 pm

cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:05 pm

Congratulations on your sobriety Ken!

I'm with you there. My last drink was almost 30 years ago. I won't go into the gory details but suffice it to say the last night of drinking involved fights, knives and police....

I do not miss it at all. Sobriety is a blessing for me and those around me!
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:06 pm

Congrats Ken! thats a great story!

Congrats to you too Slide!
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:10 pm

That's cool man.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:26 pm

I don't think I've accomplished my greatest achievement yet, but I'm working on it. I'll have accomplished it when I've finished raising these grandchildren, know that they've been given the best chance I can possibly give them to enter the world as adults with as few emotional scars and as many scholastic skills as possible, and I've faded back into a quiet retirement to sit and watch the show without having to be responsible for it anymore. When I've reached that point, where I'm just a quiet old fellow who nobody notices much or expects much from, but one who the kids remember fondly, I'll know I made it. I can't think of any other achievement I could possibly reach that could be half as important to me.

It does leave me feeling odd about it though, as it's both generous and selfish at the same time. Generous because I'm willing to give up whatever it takes to accomplish it, but selfish because I want to get there and don't want anyone to ask a damned thing from me once I've accomplished it. Maybe that's the price paid for such a difficult and testing endeavor, that one reaches the end of the quest completely spent, with nothing left in the well.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:45 pm

cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:05 pm

I've done a few things that I'm proud of, but I hope that there will still be a greatest achievement yet to come.
And congrats on your sobriety! Never had the problem myself but have seen too many with it!
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PostSubject: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:53 pm

Congrats on your 20th year of sobriety Ken. All the best to you & yours for another 20.

Here's my greatest achievement. Just watching them grow to who they have become. Very proud of both of them.



My daughter 2nd from left & son. Now i just wish they would hurry up with their own achievements & give us some grandchildren.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:01 pm

Fatherhood. You get a new life to protect and guide -- and then let go. Yes, there are the occasional shouting matches and bent fenders, too. But eventually I came to see that each of us was traveling with the other to the next stage. Last week, after the storm, she drove by the house to be sure Mom and I were okay. She caught me up on the roof with a snow shovel. Right there in the middle of the street she stopped the car, got out and delivered the best impression of a take-charge ER nurse you'd ever want to witness (as an ER nurse she gets plenty of practice). Her hubby is smart, sensible, handsome, big-hearted and I'd have picked him from a catalog were such a thing possible. Since I'm also aware of stupid mistakes I made along this path, I claim but a wee share of the credit, and I am grateful for the blessings, dumb luck and willingness of the good lord to protect well-intentioned Irishmen.

Re: Sobriety. Very best wishes to all those who have waged this struggle. I have a relative who is one of the world's great guys, but he has a prodigious thirst that transforms him into a hell raiser. He's been sober for about five year, and I hope it continues. Personally, after two beers or half a bottle of wine, I just don't want more. It's not that I push it away. I just don't care fore more. So at first, I "didn't get" the prodigious tirst. But eventually I plainly saw that if my friend had a choice between skinny dipping with Amy Adams or booze, he'd take the latter. So, I concluded there was more here than just a bad habit, and credit is due to those who get on and stay on the wagon.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:29 pm

Amen to that. Addiction is much more than desire or thirst. Having that devil on your shoulder and being able to tame it is a hell of an accomplishment. I'm lucky, two drinks and I want to go to sleep.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:00 pm

Very hearty congrats on your sobriety. My mother had her 19th "birthday" this past November.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:32 pm

It's been 5 years for me, and I think if I ever did it again, It would be like walking up to God and slapping him in the face. I don't have the desire and am very thankful, sometimes you have to get out of your own way. Thanks for the post Ken. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:58 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:
Amen to that. Addiction is much more than desire or thirst. Having that devil on your shoulder and being able to tame it is a hell of an accomplishment. I'm lucky, two drinks and I want to go to sleep.

Me, too. But my "thirsty friend" had only just begun at that point. I consider it dumb luck to be born in the former group. I was getting clued in to this distinction when my good chum said he wanted to go to the VFW to tip a few. Several ominous things happened when we walked through the door. The bartender told my chum he wasn't supposed to be in there. Half the customers put on their coats and hats and left. (Most of these guys were lumberjacks and mill workers.) The bartender conceded, "Two drinks, no more." After the third or fourth, my friend was starting to lose his cordial nature and get a little over reactive to innocent stuff going on. The bartender caught me on a trip back from the john and said, "Can you please get him out of here? Last time he hit a guy with a table." Oh. And I knew the guy as a jovial, hard-working fishing buddy who could disassemble/reassemble a Chevy 351 in the dark. But we soon left the VFW, none the worse for wear and the remaining furniture intact. We sang Christmas carols on the way home. Quite the eye opener for me.


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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:47 pm

Mad congrats for those kicking off the booze-devil! cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

And thanks for the parents and grandparents. Few things as important out there as bringing up the next generations.

Me? Still waiting to achieve something. Has never been my strong point. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:45 pm

I saw a blimp once.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:01 am

When I was 11years old I was struck by a car and was in a coma for 3 months, I was told I would never walk again, a year after the coma I was racing around the backfields with the other kids at the kids home, that was an agonising year involving many occasions of screaming from the pain forcing myself to walk again, but I did it, I don't like being told what I can and can't do!
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:23 am

congrats guys, those are amazing stories. My greatest achievement in life probably owes much more to my incredible wife than myself, but its my two daughters. They are strong, together women, who look at life from a healthy perspective. They both are working at jobs they love, and pursuing life as an adventure. I am a very proud papa.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:43 am

No real "accomplishments."

Anything that could pass for one was just using God-given aptitudes and, basically, having fun with them.

(Note : Hyperfocused ADDs find doing a lot of stuff fun that looks like work to people with normal wiring).

Deo sole gloria. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:20 pm

I woke up this morning. In my condition that's saying a mouth full.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:23 pm

Yak wrote:
No real "accomplishments." (Note : Hyperfocused ADDs find doing a lot of stuff fun that looks like work to people with normal wiring).

This.

My greatest adventure so far has been setting an impossible goal and achieving it. When I was in high school, I was told I should stop pursuing theatre because I would never make any money at it and it would make me miserable. Well, I also don't like to be told what to do so I set a goal for myself that by my mid-thirties I would be a full time professional in theatre without the need for another job. Off I went and got my BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Performance, only in the last year of my degree I decided to start focusing on Sound Design for theatre. Once I graduated, I had the help of a lot of excellent people who helped me to secure contracts I otherwise wouldn't have received for a decade of hard work. I am extremely grateful to all of those people, let me just say that. Well after two years of working very hard for very little (and sometimes zero) pay, I was hired on at Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, NY as the Assistant Audio Engineer. I moved up there, got an apartment, and lived pretty comfortably on the pay I received. By the age of 23, I had achieved an "impossible" goal that I expected to reach by my mid-thirties.

After that, it kinda went downhill. I'd achieved my goal so now what? I began to feel dissatisfied with the work and slowly, I realized that I'd always been dissatisfied with it but that the goal kept me driven to hunker down and do the work. Proving that it was possible became more important than doing work that truly made me happy. So after a few more years of working full time at various theatres, I moved to Chicago, one of the biggest theatre cities in the world, and quit. So in the end, I suppose my teachers from high school were right.

Now I am onto other artistic endeavors and have sworn to myself that, this time, I'll be doing it for myself, my way and will always do it in a way that makes me happy to do it. Perhaps the lesson at the end is my greatest achievement so far.

But then, there's also the story of how I overcame my fear of heights... but that's for another post. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:46 pm

That's a great post, UberHuberMan! cheers

After pondering this one enough, I think I might say that so far teaching myself to paint watercolour is my greatest achievement. I was always around "artistic" types but never considered myself a picture-making person, but then came harsh winds in life and a resulting psychological breakdown, and I just started painting. I spent about a year mostly painting and drawing, every day, while screwed up enough to be terribly afraid of things like the mailman's steps echoing in the stairway, my phone, email, etc. The painting became more and more serious, step by step, and I started learning about pigment qualities, more experimental techniques, the chemistry of the whole thing. Then came a break of about a year, nothing worthwhile done, and one day in February 2011 I just picked up a brush and started painting. What happened was me painting 4 of my best paintings so far within a span of 1-2 weeks. That's when I started making art.

I remember one day then just washing my hands after a particularly intense painting spree, and just thinking that damn, now I suddenly have this thing, this ability, just like that, and can use it however heck I will. If I wreck my arms I will paint with my toes, this thing is mine, inside me, of me, and can't be taken away from me unless I go totally blind. I've had 2 little exhibitions this year, some of my first sales, and another possible buyer is going to visit me tomorrow. The whole thing has been blown out of proportion, without any conscious "goals". I don't do well with "goals". I just do stuff. It would be cool to become a bit more professional, but if it doesn't happen, then it doesn't. Doesn't keep me from painting, I didn't need that shit before either. Very Happy

And meanwhile, while painting, I've healed enough in the head to pick up my thesis again and re-gain the joy in doing research. I hope finishing it will be the next "achievement", but not end of anything but only a step forward.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:01 pm

beetlejazz wrote:
I remember one day then just washing my hands after a particularly intense painting spree, and just thinking that damn, now I suddenly have this thing, this ability, just like that, and can use it however heck I will. If I wreck my arms I will paint with my toes, this thing is mine, inside me, of me, and can't be taken away from me unless I go totally blind.

YES! Insanely well put. That's what it feels like. Great post, beetlejazz.

I like how this thread is helping us all get to know each other better. Smile

Also, congratulations to those who have a few decades of sobriety under their belts. I have an ex that battled alcoholism for a while but will soon be celebrating 6 years sober.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:21 pm

UberHuberMan wrote:
beetlejazz wrote:
I remember one day then just washing my hands after a particularly intense painting spree, and just thinking that damn, now I suddenly have this thing, this ability, just like that, and can use it however heck I will. If I wreck my arms I will paint with my toes, this thing is mine, inside me, of me, and can't be taken away from me unless I go totally blind.

YES! Insanely well put. That's what it feels like. Great post, beetlejazz.

I like how this thread is helping us all get to know each other better. Smile

Also, congratulations to those who have a few decades of sobriety under their belts. I have an ex that battled alcoholism for a while but will soon be celebrating 6 years sober.

My current wife has battled it as well. When we first got together she rarely drank and for the first 7 or 8 years of our marraige never drank. (not sure what that say s about me Laughing) She has a bit over a year. I sure hope it takes this time....
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Greatest Achievement?   Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:40 pm

UberHuberMan wrote:
Yak wrote:
No real "accomplishments." (Note : Hyperfocused ADDs find doing a lot of stuff fun that looks like work to people with normal wiring).

This.

Precisely. Smile Sans the ADD, though. Been down that road, I don't have it. Or it's all related, who knows. Who cares.

Biggest accomplishment? Surviving this long with all these crazy naked apes on a tough (but beautiful) piece of rock gravity insists I stay upon. Here's to furthering an ongoing goal. :liftsglass:

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