“Tough shit don’t drink” 10/21

I am sure there are many old timers in recovery that have used the phrase “Tough shit don’t drink” but I have one man in mind who said it at meetings frequently and has long since passed away.

This man was called Sweed. He was a very tall animated Swedish man.

When I first came into recovery he frightened the hell out of me. He was loud and passionate and almost on the verge of angry when he spoke. But he believed that no matter what…you don’t drink.

He stated numerous times: “Even if your ass falls off you put it in a wheelbarrow and bring it to a meeting.”

And one of my all time favorites…is a bit crass but I needed to hear it:

“If someone is pissing all over your face…MOVE OUT OF THE WAY.”

I am very thankful to this man for showing up especially in my early days of recovery.

God knew I needed a simple clear message to help me stay clean….and this man was the perfect one to deliver that message.

God bless you Sweed…thank you!

Published by gracefuladdict

I am a true addict living my life one day at a time in recovery. I have been substance free -meaning NO drugs or alcohol since 5/23/10. My intention is to share my experiences daily in the hopes to free others from the fears of being who they truly are. My wish is to bravely tell my truth so others can tell theirs as well. I want to be free of self hatred and doubt. I want to live a life of joy, kindness, love and grace. Thank you!

22 thoughts on ““Tough shit don’t drink” 10/21

  1. Indirect justification is definitely a more comfortable approach in addressing our struggles, but is out of touch with reality, and totally ineffective.

    ‘Sweet Talkin’ Sweed’s’ direct . . . Cut to the Chase! . . . in-your-face reality works!

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  2. The vernacular of love is best spoken from the place of authenticity… I have always found words clumsy, for our thoughts are more real than the words we use to convey them.

    Keep on!
    BT

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