December 1st Resolution

In January 2018, The Telegraph listed the following 10 most common New Year’s resolutions. Exercise more (38 per cent) Lose weight (33 per cent) Eat more healthily (32 per cent) Take a more active approach to health (15 per cent) = Learn new skill or hobby (15 per...

Steps to Gratitude

Gratefulness: A Smile that Starts with the First Step. Today, I am grateful for … The Supernatural inspiration to admit I am powerless. The value of stability restored. Appreciative knowing God has my best interest at heart. Courage to take a fearless self-inventory....

Why the Blood Red Poppy?

Long before the Great War, the red poppy had become a symbol of death, renewal and life. The seeds of the flower can remain dormant in the earth for years, but will blossom spectacularly when the soil is churned. Beginning in late 1914, the fields of Northern France...

Wishing Won’t Make it So

Wish I didn't think everything was always my fault. Wish I didn't like to control everything and everyone. Wish I didn't think it was up to me to cure everyone's ills. Wish I didn't have a critical spirit. Wish I didn't complain all the day. Wish I didn't fear change....

ACOA Kids Didn’t Just Happen

Since July is National Make A Difference to Children Month, let's talk about kids that are different, Adult Kids of Alcoholics (ACOA) in particular. As you will see from the following laundry list, ACOA kids were raised differently. Years ago, few families...

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Bad Hair Day: Or How to Reduce the Knots of Life

Is today a day when everything seems to be going wrong? Is a bad hair day making you feel unattractive-useless? When we find ourselves in a sticky situation, not of our own making, there are steps we can take to repair the deep root damage. Together, we can nourish...

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Freedom to Face the Past by Helping Others

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit...

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Codependency Recovery: One Step at a Time

Last evening I spoke to family members who have a loved one in a substance abuse treatment center. My short presentation dealt with the value of Al-Anon and other 12-Step support programs. As expected, I covered what defines a codependent and how our behavior can fuel...

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Did your Role Model Follow the 12 Steps?

Addictions rob us of the most important thing in life—healthy relationships. Thankfully, I had a Dziadzi (Jaw-Gee)—grandfather in Polish—who did not suffer from substance abuse. My Dziadzi, was the most positive father figure I could have ever hoped for. Dziadzi never...

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Happy Birthday AA!

Dr. Bob had his last drink on June 10, 1935, and so began the first step on a journey to healing, and a healthier way of life for millions who suffer from addictions.  Who was Dr. Bob? If you are a friend of Bill W., then you know Dr. Bob. Dr. Bob Smith, along with...

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Thank God for Support Groups

Avicii – Kate Spade – Anthony Bourdain RIP   Do you or someone you know need help and don't know where to turn? Find a reason to hope and believe! Here are several support group websites to help those suffering in silence and think suicide is their only option....

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Step 6. No More Discounts!

 “Thank you,” said the store clerk at my favorite thrift store. Her gracious response was expected. However, when she added, “Would you like to round up your purchase to the next dollar—all our proceeds help provide housing for survivors of human trafficking?” I felt...

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