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To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.  —Margaret Fairless Barber— When we contemplate last month, last year, the period of time just before we came into this Twelve Step program, we can see many […]

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One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it.  —Helen Hayes… Our habits, whatever they may be, were greatly influenced, if not wholly formed, during childhood. We learned our behavior through imitation, imitation of our parents, our siblings, our peer group. But we need not be stuck in […]

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In the process of defining myself, I have a tendency to set up rules and boundaries and then forget that rules are made to be broken, as are boundaries to be expanded and crossed.  —Kathleen Casey Theisen— Recovery has given us the freedom to address life honestly, with forethought and a certainty about the rightness […]

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To oppose something is to maintain it.  —Ursula K. LeGuin— Most of our struggles are with other persons or perhaps situations we want to change. We discover that our continual opposition adds fuel to the fires (at least our own internal ones). But can we turn our backs when we feel justified in our opposition? […]

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I can stand what I know. It’s what I don’t know that frightens me.  —Frances Newton— Fear of the unknown, often referred to as free-floating anxiety, catches up to us on occasion. But it needn’t. The program offers us strength whenever we need it, and faith diminishes all fear. It is said that fear cannot […]

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In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.  —Simone de Beauvoir— Sudden obstacles, barriers in the way of our progress, doors that unexpectedly close, may confuse, frustrate, even depress us. The knowledge that we seldom understand just what is best for us, comes slowly. And we generally fight it, […]

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It seems to me that I have always been waiting for something better – sometimes to see the best I had snatched from me. —Dorothy Reed Mendenhall— Gratitude for what is prepares us for the blessings just around the corner. What is so necessary to understand is that our wait for what’s around the corner […]

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Only those who dare, truly live. —Ruth P. Freedman— We receive from life, from every experience, from each interaction according to what we have given. When we commit ourselves fully to an experience, it will bless us. When we give ourselves wholly to any moment, our awareness of reality will be heightened. When we risk […]

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The world is a wheel always turning. Those who are high go down low, and those who’ve been low go up higher. —Anzia Yezierska— Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. And letting go of the way things are, anticipating instead what they might become, frees us to live each moment more fully. Time marches on, […]

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Make yourself a blessing to someone. Your kind smile or pat on the back just might pull someone back from the edge. —Carmelia Elliott— Someone will be helped today by our kindness. Compassionate attention assures others that they do matter, and every one of us needs that reassurance occasionally. The program has given us the […]