Post Tagged with: "We are where we need to be."

Connecting with old friends. What a joy. . .

I just returned from a week end in Chicago with fourteen dear friends from high school.  There are so many sweet memories running through my mind that I don’t know which one to savor first and longest.  Starting with my roommate is no doubt a good beginning.  Ellen is her […]

Within our relationships we discover who we really are. . .

. . . and it’s not always a pretty picture, is it?  I have said on many occasions, in many books and at many workshops, that the relationships we have attracted are perfect for the growth we are destined to have in this life.  Perhaps that seems farfetched to you. […]

Cultivating Hope is an inside job but our friends can help. . .

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  What an appropriate day for me to talk about hope and how it can be cultivated.  I spent many St. Patty’s Days in the bars drinking green beer or martinis with their green olives.  That was a time in my life that I was very short […]

By March 17, 2010 1 comment Featured

We always hear what we need to hear if. . .

I am so often struck by the timeliness of the messages “I receive” at meetings.  My sponsor has said many times that when I am ready, I will hear the message, or the explicit direction from God,  that I have been prepared for.  I used to doubt her, but not […]

Seeing our companions as specific to our journey. . .

Have you ever considered how really important to your growth every person you’ve met has been?  Nary a one of them showed up accidentally.  Amazing isn’t it?  I used to believe it was a coincidence when I met some one who felt special to my journey.  Now I know they […]

Change is the opportunity to see anew. . .

My husband and I just returned to Naples, Florida for the winter months.  Leaving Minnesota is always bittersweet but then arriving here is delicious.  We have been making this switch in locations since 1991 so we are old-hands at packing up and reclaiming our space here.  What adds to the […]

Seek the blessing in every gathering. . .

I led a retreat this past week end at the Hazelden Renewal Center in MN.  The topic was Cultivating Hope In All Our Affairs.  Twenty-eight of us gathered and gently moved forward in our thinking, our personal explorations, our willingness to be intimately vulnerable and open to the vulnerabilities of […]

We are where we need to be. Always. . .

The first time I heard this I scoffed.  How could I possibly need to be in “this” meeting, with these people?  Or in this job?  Or married to this person?  Or in this amount of pain?  What I didn’t understand was that the lessons I needed to learn were wrapped […]

Where should civility fit in my outreach to you. . .

I have been thinking a lot lately about the growing incivility of so many in positions of power, whether they are politicians or talk show hosts.  I don’t intend for this blog to be “political” in tone, but I am concerned about how influential some voices are, particularly voices that […]

By October 2, 2009 6 comments Karen's Musings

Cultivating hope in ourselves and others is a worthy endeavor. . .

Get a small notebook that you carry with you everywhere and be ready to use it. Begin noting how others on your path demonstrate their hope.  Do this for a month.  Imitate them, in fact. Keep track of the times you extended love/hope to some one else over a seven […]