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    Hi everyone. I am coming up on two years sober this weekend. I'm not sure there is a lot to say that hasn't already been said by many other people whose lives have been literally saved by SMART. I've been listening to the classic rock band "Rush" recently. Yes, I know, some of you think they are kind of corny. They remind me a little of the band in "Spinal Tap." In all events, the lyrics of their hit song "Freewill" has struck me as pretty relevant to us here. So, I present the following for your reading pleasure:

    There are those who think that life
    Has nothing left to chance
    A host of holy horrors
    To direct our aimless dance


    A planet of playthings
    We dance on the strings
    Of powers we cannot perceive
    The stars aren't aligned
    Or the gods are malign
    Blame is better to give than receive


    You can choose a ready guide
    In some celestial voice
    If you choose not to decide
    You still have made a choice


    You can choose from phantom fears
    And kindness that can kill
    I will choose a path that's clear
    I will choose free will


    There are those who think that
    They've been dealt a losing hand
    The cards were stacked against them
    They weren't born in Lotus-Land


    All preordained
    A prisoner in chains
    A victim of venomous fate
    Kicked in the face
    You can't pray for a place
    In heaven's unearthly estate


    You can choose a ready guide
    In some celestial voice
    If you choose not to decide
    You still have made a choice


    You can choose from phantom fears
    And kindness that can kill
    I will choose a path that's clear
    I will choose free will


    Each of us
    A cell of awareness
    Imperfect and incomplete
    Genetic blends
    With uncertain ends
    On a fortune hunt
    That's far too fleet


    You can choose a ready guide
    In some celestial voice
    If you choose not to decide
    You still have made a choice


    You can choose from phantom fears
    And kindness that can kill
    I will choose a path that's clear
    I will choose free will

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    Fantastic Efforts Rich_T!!

    Congratulations
    What got me sober was trying to get sober. Every time I lapsed, picked up, drank, I was thoroughly beaten. I thought at those times "there is no hope for me" Yet, when I had recovered from those thoughts just a little, I thought "have another go!" It was a lot of little sparks, rather than a flame, that got me here.

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    Thank you for this, Rich. Wow. I'm back here after being gone awhile. I need some inspiration - and this is it. Congratulations and WOW to your two years!!!! As for Rush and Free Will, well, that hit me. I wrote an essay about that song for a college philosophy class (mucho moons ago! Probably around the time the song came out...). Neil Peart was and is a poet and a philosopher. Have you read his biography, Ghost Rider?
    Thanks again for your post. It was a real gift for me on several levels.
    Last edited by Sojourner; August 3, 2018 at 7:24 PM.

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    Nice work, Rich! Congrats!
    "You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice." - Bob Marley

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    Way to go Rich!!

    Best to you going forward.

    LMR
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    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

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