Saying a Grace Growing up, a grace we said before a meal was “For that which we are about to receive, make us truly grateful.” Of course, that seemed simple enough when I knew a plate of tasty food followed.
The anniversary meeting was upbeat; the topic was timely: gratitude and change. Around the room, members concurred that without these two topics, their recovery wouldn’t have prospered – whether weeks, years, or decades. Gratitude means I am embracing change, and
An Aphorism Don’t believe everything you think, an unidentified wise soul urged. But, now that I can think, understanding what I believe makes me grateful. When I was drinking, I wasn’t thinking. I was responding to cravings I could not
One of the First Slogans I heard From the beginning in recovery, I heard, “Practice an attitude of gratitude.” Not understanding completely, I practiced not whining. I couldn’t say I was grateful that drinking wasn’t in the cards for me.
A Little Gift Dear Readers, may I offer a little end-of-year gift? Or maybe a bit of help for the coming year? It is a link to chapter 11 in A.A.’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions– my little gift. I
This Thanksgiving, I am oh so grateful for my 12&12 book, and for the folks who come out for meetings. Grateful for My Book My 12 & 12 book is almost falling apart; it’s been a good friend and confidant
My Darkrooms My recovery has been about clearing out the darkrooms in my mind and heart where I often developed imaginary, unsound fears. (Thanks to a reading in A New Day, page 258) A few acronyms for fear shed light
Newcomers Nothing like some newcomers to a meeting with several old-timers that opened a window through which blew memories, igniting gratitude! The sharing that day brought memories of walking into my first meeting — 1:00 PM at what was then
Be Willing, my sponsor kept saying Willingness is the key; but, I balked at the twelfth step for many years: STEP TWELVE: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to