Saturday, November 16, 2013


It is taking its toll.  Always someone is suffering and slow;y killing themselves.  I have been working more and more with elderly and senior citizen alcoholics and I am amazed at how this disease of alcoholism is really anout the "ism"
I heard a great acronym last night - ISM - "I separate myself".  That is what alcoholism and addiction do.  They force us to separate ourselves to protect our addictive behavior.  Recovery allows us to reconnect, renew and regain our lives.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What is a sober adventure?

What is a sober adventure? A sober adventure is doing anything that you are afraid to do. Why would we be afraid of doing something? We are usually afraid of the unknown - but that's what makes it an adventure. I remember that I was going to run a 5k Race at the Gasparilla Running Festival with a 10k, a 15k, a half marathon and a marathon. I had to register with 25,000 other people. I did not know the area or what to do. I was nervous and called a sober friend.

The friend said "You're afraid to register for a race? After spending 10 months in prison, you're afraid to register for a race?"
I said, "well, I don't know where to go or where the start will be or the course?"
She replied "Why don't you just follow the crowd? You aren't going to be coming in first are you?"

She was right. I was only afraid because I had never done it before...what if I failed. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? What adventure does fear hold you back from doing?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day - Start of Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey 21 Day Meditation - Desire and Destiny

Today, I began the Oprah and Deepak Desire and Destin 21 Day Meditation Challenge.  You can find information on the program at the following link - We are so excited to announce our ALL-NEW Meditation Experience, Desire and Destiny, starting November 11!
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On this Veteran's Day, we can honor those who have been through the hell of war and military service by seeking quiet contemplation.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Miracles Are Commonplace

In the early days of my own recovery, I heard two things - 1) Never Give Up Just Before the Miracle Happens and 2) In recovery, miracles are commonplace.  My sponsor sent me this message today:

On this day of your life, I beleive God want you to know...
that miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature." 
C.S. Lewis said that, and it is an enormous insight. 
If we think that miracles are normal, we will expecte them. 
And expecting a miracle is the best way to get one. 
Just pray to whatever Higher Power you believe in for your miracle...
and if you have no belief, then perhaps you can believe
 that I believe you will get a miracle -
it may not come the way you think, but it will come.
I remember trying to decide if I should go to treatment and it was the prospect of miracles that made me come and the promise of miracles that made me stay and kept me coming back.   Expecting miracles - large and small - do end up in the manifestation of miracles.  This is our experience.  This is my experience. This has been shown over and over again.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Today, I won...1st place in my age division and there were actually more than three people in the division. Last Saturday, I was 6th from last place. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose...but as I heard once, life is a game that can neither be won nor lost, only played.