There is a paradox in Alcoholics Anonymous that tells us that we must "surrender to win." When I first entered AA, I thought that it seemed kind of crazy that I would have to surrender, or give up, in order to get better. Wasn't that was I was already doing? I sure felt like I … Continue reading Surrender to Win
19 months, a car wreck, and a box full of puppies
The past week was an eventful one. Well, actually it was just Thursday, but there was enough action to make it feel like a week. First of all, and most importantly, I celebrated 19 months of sobriety. Who whudda thunk it? If anyone had told me 19 months ago, that I could and would be … Continue reading 19 months, a car wreck, and a box full of puppies
Hope, where did you come from?
This past weekend, I went to a meeting where the topic was hope. There were a lot of thoughtful shares (directed, I suspect, toward the newcomers) that caused me to think about my life before and in early sobriety as it compares to my life now. The differences are many. In sobriety I am honest, I … Continue reading Hope, where did you come from?
Bring it on, 2014!
I wasn't going to write another post this week, but it seems that 2013 warrants some reflection. It's been quite a year, and even though I'm not sad to tell it goodbye, I feel like I have had some victories that are worth celebrating. I may not have felt victorious then, but hindsight sometimes reveals … Continue reading Bring it on, 2014!
Grace…even for me.
I recently read somewhere that recovery is one of the greatest examples of grace. I have found that to be so true. As a matter of fact, I don't think that I even knew, much less understood or felt, what grace was before I made my first attempts at recovery. When I started trying to … Continue reading Grace…even for me.