When we complete our 4th-5th step, it is the gateway to our AMENDS/Forgiveness step. I feel like this is somehow harder that the 4th step, as it requires me to lay down any claim I have to obtain some kind of apology, repayment or karmic balancing of the scales and release you from the debt… Continue reading Straight up Step Work ~ Amends
I have been engaging my recovery at ground level lately, which hasn’t left a whole lot of time for reflection and blogging. It’s just been where things are at lately, and I know that as I push through the slog, more things will appear and be ready for digestible dissemination. There have been several frustrating… Continue reading The Struggle
So, it’s been several days since I’ve written anything, beyond work stuff. I have felt pretty inundated there, and finally tonight I am coming up for air. I have also decided to start being a bit more intentional about my food. This has caused me to be a little more edgy. Fun times. Found myself… Continue reading With Love, a new Journey.
Well, the migraine is lifting, like a heavy fog, and I am once again wandering about in the land of the living. I can operate in a migraine haze, but it tends to look a bit like someone who just woke up after a trans-Atlantic flight with jet lag and the flu. I don’t make… Continue reading Stepping out of the haze…
My life can tend to get a little hectic. Not because I am that busy, but because I am not the best at planning. I will end up with several hours of "open space” and try to pull in folks to do something, but everyone else seems to be more organized and planned-out that I… Continue reading Digging deeper on the 4th
We all know our world to be imperfect. It was perfectly created, as were we in the beginning. Adam and Eve, the first humans had it made in the shade of Eden, they lacked no good thing and lived in perfect fellowship with God and each other. But choice to continue in that way or… Continue reading Perfect Imperfection
I had a number of different topics rolling around in my head to write about. Our journey in recovery is like a new chapter is revealed every single day; it’s never the same old, same old, for certain! But something is standing out today, and that is our communal responsibility to others. When we take… Continue reading The Social Contract of Recovery
So, back to the steps. We have dug into steps 1,2 and 3. I have spoken often of step 4, the inventory step or “stuff’s just got real” step. Step 5 is the completion of step 4, which is the reading of the step 4. So, that brings us to Steps 6 and 7. These… Continue reading No Skipping Steps 6 and 7.
A while back, I sat through a talk that in part intrigued me, called me out and insulted me. The speaker basically said that those of us in recovery and that have been in crazy relationships have broken pickers. Simply put, something is broken about how we find those we choose to spend our time… Continue reading Choosing Wisdom over Chaos
Drum roll please…ta-da! And, here we are, at step 3. In the big book, step 3 states “Made a conscious decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” I have enormous respect for Bill W. and the founders of modern recovery. But here is where… Continue reading Step 3, or How we use our Tools against the Ego Zombie