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The Baby with the Bathwater

The Baby with the Bathwater

I work with someone every day who has perfected the art of finding the one negative thing to point out, focus on, and stockpile in her memory despite the myriad constructive things available to tip the scales to the positive.

I choose not to spend much time contemplating her thought process, but I have diligently developed the perception that she truly believes she is helping. She seems to believe that her laser insight will ignite in others the desire to emulate her more and thus become better people in the process. Nonetheless I do enjoy and appreciate my work.

The Heart Opens

The Heart Opens

She runs marathons. She works out. She is a vegetarian. She is fit and trim. She doesn’t look anywhere near her age despite being two years sober and decades not. She is in model physical shape and condition. Except for one thing. That recently discovered total blockage of the widow-maker artery that led to surprise open heart surgery.

She is my best friend since middle school, many decades . . .

Two Decades of Spiritual Sobriety

Two Decades of Spiritual Sobriety

A few months ago I celebrated 20 years since I last consumed any alcohol. While this may seem like nothing to many of you, I invite you to go spend some time at your local detox centers. You will quickly discover that this is something many people cannot do at all. And for those of you who are great at math, you will quickly discover that I stopped drinking closely after turning 21. In a few years, I will have been sober longer than I had the potential to drink.

The Pause That Refreshes – Step 6

The Pause That Refreshes – Step 6

Were entirely ready – are we ever entirely ready for anything? Do we ever stop to ponder that before we undertake something of major import, or do we just dive in headfirst?

Maybe personality is a factor but in my olden days of addiction I used to plunge headfirst in to anything I thought would bring me relief from the squirmy discomfort of the moment. I went with the “it’ll be fine, it’ll work out” attitude with little or no thought as to whether it actually would or could.

In the world of 12 steps, Step 6 is one of the shortest – 12 little words which, on first glance, seem simple. But as all steps, they are simply profound.

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