Monthly: August 2017

Competition between Martyrs

August 31, 2017

“Yes, I know your spouse is an alcoholic, but my son is an alcoholic, and that’s different. That’s worse!” My pain is greater than yours! What an easy trap that…

Your attitude is contagious

August 30, 2017

“I like skydiving with Todd,” Pat said. “He’s got such a good attitude. When you’re in the air with him, no matter what happens, you just get the feeling that…

What Comes Around Comes Around

August 29, 2017

By Marie S. The date was November 4, 2001. I was sixteen years old going on sixty. My eyes had seen more physical, emotional, and sexual abuse than I wanted…

Letting Go of Timing

August 29, 2017

When the time is right, child. When the time is right. How often have we heard those words—from a friend, a sponsor, our Higher Power? We want things so badly—that…

Relax and flow

August 28, 2017

I visited the Hoover Dam in Nevada some time ago and marveled at its construction and purpose. Here was a huge structure that had been built into a canyon to…

Hanging on to Old Relationships

August 27, 2017

We want to travel baggage-free on this journey. It makes the trip easier. Some of the baggage we can let go of is lingering feelings and unfinished business with past…

Relaxing will help your work

August 26, 2017

Joe is a professional chef. He started working in kitchens before he was in his teens. Gradually, he worked his way up from washing dishes until he found himself running…

Spontaneity and Fun

August 25, 2017

Practice being spontaneous. Practice having fun. The joy of recovery is that we finally get to experiment. We get to learn new behaviors, and we don’t have to do them…

Stop defending yourself

August 24, 2017

Do you walk around wearing a suit of armor? Often, if we were hurt as children or hurt frequently as adults, we put on a suit of emotional armor to…

Moving Forward

August 23, 2017

Much as we would like, we cannot bring everyone with us on this journey called recovery. We are not being disloyal by allowing ourselves to move forward. We don’t have…