One’s path is divine. . .

I wouldn’t have agreed with this idea prior to recovery.  I wasn’t “a believer.”  Random acts ruled, as far as I was concerned.  I don’t remember any more when I began to shift my perspective.  Perhaps I had grown ready for the change in thinking when I came into Al-Anon in 1974. At least the […]

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We are “called.” Those who join us are “called” too.

I find such comfort in the idea that we are “here, now,” intentionally.  I love the awareness that whomever I meet, only casually or quite seriously, was sent.  In fact, I had “requested” the meeting at a time and in a space I have long since forgotten about.  My first sponsor told me this in […]

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When a friend is in need. . .

At the present time I have a very good friend and sponsee from the north visiting.  She is dear to my heart and has been for all 25 years of her recovery.  I met her at her first AA meeting, in fact, so have been able to observe her throughout her long sobriety.  The past […]

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Our connections to one another are what heals the planet. . .

Over the years I have received hundreds, actually thousands of comments about the various blog posts I have written.  It’s my guess that you don’t really think that your comment is any thing very special, but I want to assure you that the opposite is true.  So very true.  Knowing that we have made a […]

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Embracing acceptance nullifies any troubling experience.

I was at my AA home group this morning.  The topic was acceptance, a frequent choice, it seems.  And what’s unmistakably true is that it’s a necessary choice if we want to experience peace.  At no time in life will we be peaceful if we haven’t cultivated the practice of acceptance.  The good news is […]

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January is slipping into February. . .

Some days I simply want to say to the world around me: SLOW DOWN, DOGGONE IT.  Perhaps my resistance to the passage of time is that I too often have my mind somewhere else, rather than on the moment that’s being given to me.  Each moment is a gift.  The decision to open each gift […]

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2014! It came in a blink of the eye.

My husband and I relocated to Florida in January, 1991.  I had resigned from my job in July of 1990, freeing us to leave MN and head to a warm climate for the winter.  We chose Florida because I had a sister who lived here in the winter months too.  I’m still thrilled with this […]

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Contentment: a state of mind. . .

Are you content, right here, right now?  If you aren’t, (and I surely don’t claim to be content every moment, ) then you have some work to do.  It’s our responsibility,  and only our responsibility, to reach a place of contentment moment by moment.  When we put the burden on others to make us content, […]

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Having faith is the key to peace of mind.

I didn’t grow up in a “faith-filled” home.  I never observed any one at 827 being quietly peaceful, trusting that the experiences we were sharing would work out OK.  The days and nights were generally very tense, undergirded with the expectation that an outburst over something, large or small, imagined even, might occur at any […]

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The holidays are edging closer and I’m thrilled about it.

I am often the only person in a collection of friends who is genuinely happy that Christmas is heading toward us, at full-speed.  I have loved every aspect of the holidays since childhood.  Is it because I grew up in a healthy, happy family?  Not really.  But we did seem to rise above the tension, […]

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