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Jan 10, 2016

Recovery Share: The Curse of “It’ll Be Okay”

When I was growing up, there was a phrase I heard a lot in my family: It’ll be okay. Of course, a lot of times that’s what you call encouragement, soothing, or just plain comfort. When you’re crying or upset and an elder tells you it’ll be okay, they’re saying “Hang in there, this will […]

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Dec 28, 2015

Recovery Share: Go Ahead and Be Sick

Lately I seem to keep coming back around to acceptance. It’s a fine place to come to, of course, but the fact that keep I “coming back to it” means that I keep “getting away from it.” In this case, it’s about being sick. But as always seems to be the case, this little situation […]

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Dec 21, 2015

Recovery Share: Acceptance and Making Better Choices

I don’t know about you, but I am big into making plans. That’s not a problem, of course. Without plans we can’t meet each other, build ships, and accomplish goals. The trouble for me comes when I get overly attached to my plans. The story goes like this: I had a plan that was going […]

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Nov 15, 2015

Recovery Share: The Scripts in my Head

I have recently said some things that made me uncomfortable — not in the old sense, where I’d say something and then later cringe, like some crazy shit blurted out when I was drunk. What I mean is that I had to say something which might upset somebody, or make them uncomfortable. And since, in my […]

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Oct 25, 2015

Recovery Share: Should I Be Happier?

The other day somebody asked me how things are going, and I told him, “Well, the job is good, I just got back from leading a tour in Italy, my relationship is terrific, I’m paying down my debt, I’ve been out hiking a little, and my health is good.” And all of that is true. […]

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Who are we dealing with here?
Mar 10, 2015

Recovery Share: Self-Awareness and Step 4

Didn’t get a chance to share in a meeting this morning, but here’s what I would have said, the topic being Step 4 and those “misdirected instincts.” “Creation gave us instincts for a purpose. … Yet these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceeded their proper functions. Powerfully, blindly, many times subtly, they […]

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What life feels like sometimes.
Jan 21, 2015

Recovery Share: Trudging Along

I have always marveled at the (sort of) last line in Alcoholics Anonymous: Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the […]

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Life is like a walk in the mountains.
Jan 04, 2015

Recovery Share: When the Magic Just Isn’t There

One of my favorite metaphors for life is that it’s like a walk in the mountains: sometimes you’re going up, sometimes you’re going down. To take it a couple steps further: sometimes it’s actually hard to tell if you’re going up or down, much less what’s coming next. Sometimes we’re surprised by our progress, when […]

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... and it shall arrive.
Dec 22, 2014

On Asking for Help

There’s a pretty standard part of every recovery story, and it’s certainly a part of mine: that time when you hit bottom, realize you’re screwed, and then finally become ready to seek help. What happened to me was that I had built up a serious belief system in my head; the main message was, “This […]

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