Reflections in the Mirror – You and Yourself

Letting others be . . . to grow as they will . . . or not, is a true gift

Detachment is knowing that happiness is the guaranteed byproduct of how we live our lives, not how others are living theirs.  It’s my intention to do a few posts on detachment over the next few weeks.  I have learned that being being sucked into the struggles of others leaves no […]

Our journeys are holy. . .

Almost every belief I cherish today, I scoffed at before becoming committed to a 12 step fellowship.  I didn’t believe in God.  I thought that if you gave something away, it was gone forever.  I was sure that hanging on to resentments was both normal and protective; and in fact, […]

Making new year’s resolutions. . .Why? Why not?

Most of us have made resolutions over the years.  And probably we have broken them before the first week of the new year had even passed.  If that’s troubling to you, take heart.  It’s common.  Remake the resolution.  And then try again to follow through.  Perfection is not our goal. […]

The spirit of giving. . .

I am one of those folks who loves all aspects of the holidays.  As I said in my last post, from the lights to the music, I am hooked.  I also honor the tradition of giving to others and take many opportunities to do so.  Pulling an angel from a […]

Take a moment to pause. . .

We celebrate Veteran’s Day annually but it’s far oftener that we should pay homage to those men and women who so willingly serve in some branch of the services to protect the rest of us.  Every moment of their deployment puts their life on the line and they do it […]

Helping others is how we help ourselves. . .

There is no truer suggestion offered to us in recovery rooms than the above.  I didn’t get it when I came into the fellowship in 1974.  I didn’t understand why other women reached out to me.  I didn’t understand that “to keep what one had, it had to be given […]

Inner peace is a by-product of right thinking coupled with right actions. . .

I wish I could say to you that I have constant inner peace.  But that would be a lie.  I can say, however, that I am more at peace today than at any other time in my life.  And it’s the direct result of changing my thinking.  I wrote a […]

Loving what we do is the first, best step. . .

I’ve discussed topics similar to this before in blog posts, but something a friend said to me recently brought it to mind once again.  I could never have imagined as a child that I’d spend my life as I do.  I loved writing stories as a young girl in grade […]

Picking up where I left off. . .

I’m amazed and a bit chagrined that I have been away from my blog for three weeks.  It’s the longest I have been away since beginning it in 2009.  And actually, I didn’t go any place.  I was simply caught up in the book I am writing and a writer […]

Reconnecting with good friends . . .

I spent the week end in Augusta, MO, leading my 12th annual writer’s retreat at F.R.E.S.H. Renewal.  Many of the same individuals come yearly, but always there are a few new participants and they add a richness that’s so appreciated, much like a contrasting, vivid color woven through a tapestry […]