Sending you all beautiful wishes of peace and calm as we roll into the month of December.
I do my best to de-emphasize the drama of it all...the expectations, the over spending, the forced time with people we don't know well or particularly enjoy. We often say "yes" when we should say no. We over drink. Break routine. Remember, man is an animal that does well in routined behaviors. Folks that eat the same thing every day and go to bed at the same time live longer and are healthier. So, say NO when you instinctively want to spit out yes. Give one less gift. Eat one less cookie. Walk one extra block. Send one additional kind message to an old resentment that you are harboring. Let this holiday be a time of break and reflection. More quiet, less cowbell.

The Path To Addiction...A Cautionary Tale

Sam Quinones outlines the path of addiction from painkiller to heroin

“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”