Happy Belated Valentine’s Day. . .

It’s such fun to write a post about love today. I had hoped to write this yesterday but we have had guests for about a week which is what happens, with some regularity,  when you live in sunny Florida six months of the year and the other six, in Minnesota. […]

By February 15, 2016 0 comments Karen's Musings

I can see peace instead of this.

One of the glories of making a commitment to the practice of peaceful behavior is that it feels good. It feels honorable, respectful and kind. And I’m convinced it adds benefit to the universe we share with 7 billion other souls. I’ve heard this phenomenon explained as the “Butterfly Effect.” The idea that we […]

By February 6, 2016 11 comments Karen's Musings

Stepping away for a spell . . .

It has been nearly two months since I last posted a message. I am truly sorry for my long absence. Like so many of us, I occasionally fall into a funk. This one seemed pretty deep. Actually, it was pretty deep. I knew it would eventually go away. It was […]

We are here only to be truly helpful. . .

How very quietly this reminder sets the stage for both a peace filled and a joy filled day. I have found this simple prayer a perfect way to begin every morning. Life is really meant to be this simple, I think. Asking one’s self, moment by moment, if what we […]

Tools for practicing detachment:

When others begin to bother you, change your focus. Are you making someone else’s business yours? Keep everyone outside of your hula hoop. A test for whether or not you are detached: are you being judgmental? If you are feeling victimized, you are enmeshed. Are you letting someone else define […]

Let’s review Step 11

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Step Eleven softens my heart every time it’s the topic of discussion in one of my meetings.  That […]

Every problem has a solution: God as we understand Him.

It’s with great relief that I believe the title of this post. Not so many years ago I would have scoffed if someone told me to go to God with a problem. I can still hear my words. “Are you kidding me? God? I think not!”  How recovery has changed […]

Visitors offer a good test of one’s peace of mind.

My niece and her husband were just here visiting us for a few days.  We had a great time. I am so glad for my recovery because it has helped me to maintain my peace of mind in all circumstances.  I don’t mean to imply it was difficult with my […]

We are always at the right place at the right time.

This isn’t a new idea. I have written about it before.  So have hundreds of other writers too, no doubt. It’s an idea we also hear in meetings. And it’s one of those ideas that gives me a moment to pause and feel grateful, as well as relieved, so very […]


Every person you and I travel these roads with have made their trek to us because they need us and what we know as much as we need them for what they can teach us. Iʼve mentioned this idea before no doubt but itʼs one worth further emphasis, I think, because of the […]