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Balance

Today I was in yoga. We did ‘Tree Pose’. I was able to balance on one foot.  This is a gift of sobriety. Thinking back to early recovery, I could not balance on one foot.  It was impossible. To accomplish what I can do today, I started all. Foot to ankle. Foot  to knee. Today,…

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What is in Your Toolbox?

We live in a culture that LOVES to drink.  Actually, with a few exceptions and my fellowship friends I really do not know anyone that does not drink…. I am frequently faced with the following questions, especially around this time of year with the holidays quickly approaching: What would you like to drink? Why are you…

Memorial day

Veterans Day.

This is not much compared to the great sacrifices made by the service men and women serving our country, however, in helping to honor our Veterans and Active Duty, I was able to participate in “Operation Cookie Drop” at a local Air Force Base.  Spouses pulled together to make HUNDREDS of cookies for these men…

Benefits of gratitude during Gratitude Month

What is Gratitude?

November is Gratitude Month… What is Gratitude? I say that Gratitude is a necessary ingredient to living a happy and fulfilling life.  Since I have begun practicing an “Attitude of Gratitude” I have noticed benefits to my mood, decrease in stress, and just an overall improvement in my well-being.  I am happier, healthier, more physically…

Winston Churchill quote

Why Volunteer?

Why not?  I have done volunteer work for causes since my teen years.  Whether it be in rural South America teaching sanitation, reforestation, and dental hygiene or helping to build homes for families in need or locally cleaning up our beaches. In the end, it is selfish.  I always get more than I give. Through…

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

      The following poem from exactly a century ago, Canadian John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”, remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written.  This poem is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres Salient in the spring of 1915 but is relevant to those who…

God as a higher power.

G.O.D.

When I was new to recovery I did not have a Higher Power.  Folks kept talking about this Higher Power as “GOD”.  I did not believe in “GOD”, but there were many acronyms that I heard floating around the rooms that I could use as a “GOD” substitution – Group Of Drunks Good Orderly Direction…