We get just what we need. Really?

How many times have I repeated this phrase to a friend, a sponsee, a family member?  More times than I can count.  And I believe it.  For them.  And occasionally for me too.  However, I am struggling with a situation currently that I am not ready to embrace as something I need.  I know what […]

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Resilience is a time honored trait.

Resilience is a compelling trait. It’s standing tall rather than hanging our heads and shuffling away when the invitation to give up beckons.  Resilience is saying, “Yes I can,” in the presence of those who doubt us.  And it’s never succumbing to the forces of defeat that may be all around us. Being resilient in […]

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Step Eleven: a pathway to peace.

Step Eleven softens my heart every time it’s the topic of discussion in one of my meetings.  That wasn’t the case when I first got sober however; it wasn’t the case for the first year or two.  Not because I didn’t believe in the possibility of the power of prayer or meditation; but because I […]

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Growth requires that we remain teachable.

I have never fallen away from my 12 step meetings.  In fact, I go to more meetings a week now than I did when I first came into the program.  Because I attend both AA and Al-Anon, I usually get to five meetings a week.  Some might think that at 38 years sober, five meetings […]

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When the unexpected happens. . .

I got an email this morning from one of my frequent blog post readers.  She brought to my attention that my website had disappeared.  How very fortunate that she and I had written to each other directly on occasion which made it possible for her to reach out to me with this information.  You might […]

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Remaining enthusiastic becomes a choice . . . doesn’t it?

I think enthusiasm for some element in our life is the key to having the desire to get up everyday.  And as the years pass, particularly as we enter what for me has become the final stage of life, I know I must have passion for doing something not attempted before or working to enhance […]

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Taking stock, measuring up.

Probably everyone reading this post has made a lot of mistakes over the years.  Life isn’t always pretty, at least mine wasn’t.  It’s not expected to be, in fact, but far too many of us never quit blaming ourselves for mistakes of the past.  For some of us every mistake became a tragedy of epic […]

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Fall is nipping at my toes. And I don’t just mean the season following summer.

It’s an overused phrase, and perhaps all too simplistic, but the clock is ticking, at a faster pace, every hour it seems.  Does this matter?  Perhaps not to many of you, but I love life so much, every breath of it, and I hate seeing it slip so unstoppably fast through my fingers. The joy […]

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Life principles I adhere to . . .

1. Come to appreciate that every person on one’s path is a learning partner. 2. Every argument is about fear. 3. No relationship is accidental.  Be grateful. 4. Make the choice to be peaceful rather than right. 5. When others around you are not kind, they are afraid. Be kind any way.  Only one person […]

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Shortcuts to living the peaceful life . .

I believe the following to be true: 1. The Butterfly effect is evident everywhere, all the time.  It does not need to be seen or even believed for it to make its mark. 2. We are where we need to be and with whom we need to share that space, every moment.  No exceptions. 3. Resilience […]

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