Your Experience, Strength and Hope

Sponsorship is a key avenue to acquiring gratitude.

I have a new sponsee.  She is a lovely young Native American woman who at the age of 30, is the mother of five.  Her husband gently asked if I’d be her temporary sponsor at a meeting we both attended and I happily called her that day. Since then I […]

Listening is a tool that can help someone heal. . .

Listening is a gift of nearly immeasurable proportion that we can give to others.  There are really no words that can adequately describe the importance of “tuning in to” the words of a friend, or on occasion, a stranger who is hurting.  We have often heard it said that pain […]

Every thing is subject to change, except for the presence of God. . .

One of my best friends was just diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts. I met her yesterday for lunch and we hugged each other really tight. I am sad. I am scared for her. But I am sure that her Higher Power is holding her hand at this very […]

Awareness is the key to living full lives. . .

I read a wonderful little book yesterday by David Foster Wallace.  The title is This Is Water.  It’s one of those special little books that takes a hold of you and doesn’t let go.  It’s actually a commencement address that Mr. Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005.  He begins […]

Faith, along with acceptance, is the solution to our problems.

I think many of us develop our faith as a result of hind-sight coupled with the practice of prayer and meditation.  I certainly didn’t “come by my faith” naturally.  I didn’t grow up in a family where it was openly practiced or even discussed.  At family gatherings my uncle said […]

I can see peace instead of this. . .

Choosing to see, and feel peace in the midst of the chaos that’s so common in our lives is a decision that will change every minute of every experience from this day forward.  Perhaps this seems like a stretch of the imagination that one could live this way.  And I […]

Hope is the tool of choice for the grateful. . .

We can begin to cultivate hope in ourselves and others by acknowledging the many people who are on our path by intention. By acknowledge, I mean to really look into the eyes of the many who surround you. No one is “there” accidentally. No one!  When we embrace that awareness, the fear we […]

Regrouping. . .

I have been traveling much of the last two weeks.  I was in Austin, Texas, speaking at the annual Austin Recovery Organization fund raiser and then last week I spent 5 days in Phoenix speaking at an event, doing a show on television and then a book signing.  All experiences […]

Hope opens the door to sustained peace. . .

I was at a meeting tonight and the topic was hope.  It’s a certainty that everyone  who comes to any 12 step group for the first time is bereft of hope. And we seldom even realize that to be the case.  We just know that we are terrified and sick […]

Showing up as the person I really want to be. . .

At my 12 step meeting this morning, the topic was how to “get over ourselves” those mornings we feel like snarly cats.  Gratefully, I don’t have those mornings very often, any more, but I used to grouse at every one upon arising.  It wasn’t simply that I needed coffee, although […]


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