"I don’t know where I’m going but I do know how I’m going to get there, the path of least resistance. Why? That’s the way I have always done it, and look where it has gotten me – to Zhengzhou China. The downside is I have:
· No Job
· No House
· No Car
· No Wife
· No Money
"Maybe, I should try another way? No, I have been in worse situations before and I always got back in the game. "
"tegory, how many times, have you been fired? How many times have you gone bankrupt? How many homes have you lost to foreclosure? How many times have Chinese women turned down your marriage proposals?”
"3 – 3 - 2 - & 3, but it’s different this time. I just know it”
"tegory, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but each time expecting it to be different. Who, or what is going to save you this time? How are you going to get out of this jam, especially when you are way past retirement age, have no pension, no social security and no savings. If the 'laowai' at age
60 has no future, you can’t even get back to his, no future.”
"This time it is different, I have a plan.”
"What plan? That same-o same-o malarkey about making the 950 million registered Chinese farmers rich, or that crap about charging only 18rmb to tell everybody’s fortune?”
"No, I am finally going to get a Sponsor and do my AA 4th Step. You know way back when I was only twice your age, I was in a really bad place – didn’t, couldn’t and wouldn’t even get out of bed. So, I joined Toastmasters to improve my communication and leadership skills, self-confidence etc. At the same time I joined - actually my wife and psycho-therapist, forced me to join Alcoholics Anonymous. However, I stayed in AA because they promised to free me from my terrifying fears of financial insecurity.”
"AA was founded in 1935, maybe to help some of those early Toastmasters who had been ‘toasting’ too many, since their founding in 1924. AA originated the popular 12 Step program, to help men and women eliminate the desire to drink. To the alcoholic mind that’s equivalent to saying, 'you’ll never have to eat strawberries again”
I did Steps One, Two and Three, back in ’93, but then I got remarried, to a rich lady, who relieved all my financial insecurities. It was the path of least resistance, it was easy to follow, all I did was follow her, because she knew where she was going.”
"So, how’s the 4th Step going to save you this time?”
Well, it’s like the ten speeches in our Toastmasters Competent Communications manual. My PRIDE and EGO would never let me drop out, or quit, after only three speeches. But maybe, just maybe, I’m not saying, or suggesting this with absolute certainty, but maybe my PRIDE and EGO are what got me into the fix I am in now.
My plan is to complete the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, with a Sponsor, in the hopes that I can relieve my fears of financial insecurity. It is now my path of least resistance, and who knows, maybe, just maybe, I’ll meet another rich lady.