Monthly: October 2018

Practice the basics

October 31, 2018

Not being codependent? That’s a decision I need to make each day. — Anonymous Remember to practice the basics. There’s a saying floating around that people talk about a lot:…

The Magic of Gratitude and Acceptance

October 30, 2018

Gratitude and acceptance are two magic tricks available to us in recovery. No matter who we are, where we are, or what we have, gratitude and acceptance work. We may…

Financial Fears

October 28, 2018

I sat in the car, looking at the sign on the door of the food shelf office: “Closed until Friday.” It was Wednesday. I had two hungry children and myself;…

Be prepared

October 27, 2018

Did you ever have a teacher in school who warned you at the beginning of the year that he would give tests without previous notice, so be prepared? We might…

Wants and Needs

October 26, 2018

So many of us have been brainwashed to think that we can’t have what we want in life. That is the belief of the martyr. It is born of deprivation…

Respect the powers that be

October 25, 2018

I watched the man out the window as he dragged his kayak out to sea. Just as he’d get ready to launch, a huge frothy wave would come barreling over…

Accepting Our Feelings

October 24, 2018

Why do we struggle so with our feelings? Why do we work so hard to deny our emotions, especially concerning other people? They are only feelings! In the course of…

Improvise

October 23, 2018

Do not fear mistakes; there are none. — Miles Davis  Life is a jazz tune. Sometimes it’s raucous, sometimes blue, but always full of unexpected twists and turns, and here…

Cause and Effect

October 23, 2018

When my son died, I didn’t want to play the game anymore. His death broke every rule I thought was important. His death hurt my trust—not my faith—in God. It…