Spent some time today studying step 10, where we are directed to take a daily inventory, and to keep our side of the street clean. This is often called one of the maintenance steps of recovery. Here we act with vigilance to keep things cleaned up. Because this is not a “one and done” program. … Continue reading The Daily 10
Well, we all get to a point in our path, where, after climbing a long section, we lean or sit for a moment and catch our breath. That is what it seems like I’ve been doing lately. I have been trying walk out some particularly rough spots in my recovery, and in doing so, have … Continue reading Pressing On
Life is very interesting. It’s kind of like dance lessons. You have the steps down and you are counting them out, get a rhythm going and then the music changes, or you get a cramp in your foot. Our recoveries are that way, too. Sometimes we think we have a good step progression in place, … Continue reading Through, not over.
One thing our recoveries must include to have any chance of being effective is honesty. I have been trying to rationalize my way out of being honest with someone about a situation that hurt me deeply. Sometimes, when we are hurt, we try to do anything and everything to run away from the pain. Or … Continue reading To get unstuck
One of the struggles I have is with step three. For those of us that need a refresher, "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him." Of course, God for me is just that, God, maker of heaven and earth, and His son … Continue reading In a whirl
People tend to generalize where they live with respect to the weather. I live in a part of the country where it is known to be rainy and damp a lot of the time. San Francisco's weather is known for being foggy and changeable. Phoenix is pretty much just hot, and the south is humid. … Continue reading Masking Lovliness
I really wanted to call this entry Yielded and healed...just to give everyone a little tongue twister...but I'll just share my silly instead. Love you guys! Recently heard a great speaker at a meeting. He spoke about significance being a driver for addictive behavior and acting out. I certainly can attest to that. It was … Continue reading True Worth
I love getting to hear new speakers at a meeting. Someone with a fresh take on the topic of recovery. No matter what their background is, I look for what I can learn from their perspective and insight. Last night, we heard a speaker who, while not in full-time recovery ministry, was still very well … Continue reading Let’s go camping
In recovery circles, we talk often about telling our stories, to heal, to encourage and to process what has happened in our life. The story can be fraught with danger, peril and violence. Or, it can be like a soap opera, all that’s missing is the dramatic soundtrack to give the over-blown emotions the added … Continue reading Where I end…and You begin.
Reading through some of my journals from a few years ago. Ouch and wow. Ouch, because it is painful to see how self-absorbed I was in my approach to recovery. My entries are rife with self-pity, self-doubt, just…self. I guess that is how a child operates, and when we first enter recovery, we are a … Continue reading Yielding Self