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Wisdom Choices

Wisdom Choices

Please enjoy a beautiful writing from the beloved Rev Dr. Jane Claypool. Although she made her transition last fall, she left a legacy of wisdom and warmth. Her touching experience of embracing the Serenity Prayer is a beautiful and uplifting reminder that the power to choose how we are going to respond to life’s ups and downs lies within each of us.

Resentment

Resentment

I must have dozed off at the portals of my mind recently – although it still happens, it is happening less frequently, and for shorter periods of time, so for that I’m grateful.

A whole lot of negativity can flood in during a little bit of dozing. The undertow of the wrong kind of thoughts can overpower quickly and with great force.

A Glass of Hype

A Glass of Hype

About a decade ago, I weakly attempted to broach the subject of alcohol with my former doctor. I had summoned the courage to confide that I thought I might be drinking too much.

She stopped writing in my chart, looked me in the eye, and said, “Are you drinking every day?”  “Yes,” I said, averting her eye. After what felt like a very long pause but probably wasn’t, she went back to writing in my chart and said, “Well they say a glass of red wine every day is good for you. It’s not like you’re drinking a whole bottle.”

Ginger Ale and Gratitude

Ginger Ale and Gratitude

Ginger Ale and Gratitude: my new cocktail of choice. Make it a double.

I imbibed in it with some colleagues recently following a large corporate event that wound down to a table in the hotel bar. Hotel bars still occupy a soft and loving spot in my heart as long as I am strong in my program, and my sobriety is affirmed by my inward thoughts and outward actions.  Proving (to myself) that great times are indeed possible with soft drinks is a satisfying and reassuring experience, along with the bonus of being free to observe the “entertainment” evolve in front of my very eyes.