Today I took the Footprints Beachside clients to Treasure Island beach to write our sacred words in the sand. Sacred words allow us to be present in recovery and mindful of right thought, right speech, right and right action. Often people in early recovery continue to use their drug language. Every other word tends to be "f---" or "f-----g" and most of what is talked about are "war stories". This is not conducive to change. Going to the beach and writing a sacred word in the sand may seem child-like or mindless - that is one perspective. Ego deflation takes all forms and this is a subtle, but powerful one.