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Everything Old Is New Again

Everything Old Is New Again

During the early years of my sobriety, I went through several sponsors before I found “The One.” It’s not that the others weren’t great people––each one was wonderful in his or her own way––but the first time I heard J. share at a meeting, I realized she had something I wanted. That was 25 years ago, and working with her has been the mainstay of my sobriety. In my home group, we have a saying: “A sober woman is a class act.” J. is the embodiment of that phrase.

Prayer Treatment: I Celebrate the New

Prayer Treatment: I Celebrate the New

I sense new ideas, new opportunities, and new situations ready to be born through me, about to be nurtured into a thriving existence. As I peer into the beautiful and enchanted month of May, the month that honors the female energy, I see Mother Nature expressing fully, naturally, and vibrantly right now, and so am I. I trust the process as I give life to that which comes to be by means of me. I use my breath to center me when I need to; it’s that easy and that available.

Run To, Not From

Run To, Not From

There are two kinds of people in my workplace: those who come and stay for years, and others who appear and escape before the ink dries on their business cards. One from the latter category recently left to avoid a toxic working relationship with someone in our office. This is the same person, I learned, who had recently moved out of her home to get away from her toxic and evil stepmother. I heard through the grapevine she recently asked one of her former co-workers how she can back away and remove herself from her dysfunctional relationship with a new boyfriend. Always running away from something unpleasant.

April Fool No More

April Fool No More

I had already chugged several drinks before arriving at the restaurant for an office dinner party some years back. We were running late and arrived at last call on the cocktail hour, about to be seated for dinner. I grabbed one of the last drinks from the tray that was being passed, chugged it, and took a seat at the table. Within seconds I realized that I needed to get some food in me quick. The room was spinning, I couldn’t focus, and I knew if I opened my mouth, my words would be jumbled and lushy.

Action-Based Spirituality

Action-Based Spirituality

In a single AA meeting you might find a couple of Christians, a Buddhist, a Jew, maybe a Muslim, and a handful of people that identify as “spiritual but not religious.” They all believe different things but enjoy the same result: sobriety. This is because they all follow the same course of action. A pragmatic spirituality focuses on how you believe, not on what you believe, which can be difficult to grasp if you are accustomed to propositional religion.

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