I visited my elderly parents today for Sunday dinner. As I drove up to their house a Garda car was parked at a neighbours. I asked my parents did they know it was there and had there been any trouble. Just then the neighbour called enquiring had they heard anything last night. Turns out two vehicles had been broken into. One was a van and it seems like the thieves were after power tools. The other was an ordinary car. The guards were called and it took them an hour to get there. I wondered about that. There is no longer a full-time Garda presence in our town. Cut backs! I live in the midlands and in one hour the thieves could easily have escaped to almost any corner of Ireland. My mother tells me that when she was growing up there were five Garda stationed in the town. Since then the town has quadrupled in size and now there are no Gardai. We are told by the government that crime is down, that there are no need for extra Gardai. Certainly crime may be down in Leinster House but out and …
I was listening to the radio recently and I heard an email from a listener. The person described themselves as a "functioning alcoholic". The didn't seem to label themselves as just an "alcholic". They thought because they were going about their daily business they were "functioning". The person convinced themselves because of all the stuff they did daily it wasn't affecting them. For someone that's alcohol dependent they see their world quite literally through rose tinted glasses. The don't know or see what their work colleagues, partner or even children see.
The person went on to explain they didn't always have a drink in the morning but wouldn't go pass lunch without drink and that would continue all afternoon. The mentioned that the house couldn't be without drink. It was quite a long email and throughout the email the wording "I NEED" was said over and over.
This person was not a functioning alcoholic they were an…
Your mind works on numerous levels. But there are two levels
that many of you will be familiar with, namely the 'conscious' and the
'subconscious.'The conscious is that part of your mind that awakens up when
your body wakes up in the morning. It makes most of your daily decisions, such
as what you will have for breakfast and who you will speak to over the course
of your day, etc. It's the part of your mind that likes to think that it is in
control. But there is a deeper mind, the subconscious, which makes all of your
automated decisions. You don't have to relearn how to walk each morning or how
to drive your car, your subconscious does that for you. It is the part of your
mind that shapes your attitude to life; it is highly emotional charged and
remembers everything. Therefore your subconscious is your greater mind. It
actually runs all of your life systems be they physical or mental. So when you cons…