Monday, October 11, 2010

Knowledge is...

Unless you are willing to let go...without reservation, knowledge is useless.

In fact, knowledge without admission of humility simply builds unpenetrable walls.

Just for today, admit you don't know something.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Here is a Novel Ideal

Keep your mouth shut.

That's right..

How often do we try to insert ourseleves in other people's journeys...not only is this bad for their recovery, it is bad for ours!

Focusing on others is a way to avoid self-discovery and growth.

Just for today, don't miss an opportunity to refrain from talking.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Let someone else see you smile today..

it melts the adversity in the world.

Just for today, be nice.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Move Your Feet

Prayer without action is futile.

At least when it comes to the recovering brain.

God can only help those who are willing to put their feet where their brains need to be.

Just for Today, stop waiting for your brain to change while you are locked in your room or sitting alone in front of the television. Go to a meeting. Go for a walk. Shift your perspective. Do that every day for the rest of your life, even for a minute, and, then, your brain will graciously follow, rather than being tugged around like a ton of bricks.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Check Out

My new website as well....


Let Someone Else Take Charge

Have you ever thought about, I mean, really thought about now, how much energy we expend trying to control everything around us?
On the flip side, have you ever considered what it would be like to let someone else be "in charge" for a day?

What would be the fear in doing so?
Is it that we fear we will lose the job or, worse, lose the attention? Perhaps it is that we fear that what lies beneath is just nothing to "write home about," so to speak, and so we have to spend time focusing on what everyone else is doing or not doing so nobody will get "inside" of us.

What if, however, letting the control go, even for a day, would add things to our lives instead of robbing us of them?
Things like, say, peace of mind. A release from the "need to be right" tightness in your chest?
Time to do something nice for yourself? Wow, these things seem really PAINFUL don't they?

Or just unfamiliar....

Just for today, let someone else take the lead for a change. You might be surprised just how long they've been waiting their turn.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


If you haven't watched 28 Days OR When a Man Loves a Women in a long time, check them out.

BOTH will remind you of why you got sober, or, at least, why you are thinking about it...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Take a Chance

Doing something new or that we always avoid can cause extreme amounts of anxiety, can't it?

You know what I do when I want to clear my path and move in a more abundant direction, but can't seem to get past my fears about doing what may seem to others like the smallest things?

I think about someone I know or have met alone the way that has impressed me with their bravery, their willingness to go beyond their comfort zone and to rise out of the ashes.

And then I tell myself, if he/she can do it, I can find the strength to rise above, to challenge myself, to leap across the waters once again.

And then, once I succeed, I make sure to send a prayer or positive energy out to him/her into the universe...after all, that person trailblazed the waters for me to make it another day.

Just for today, think about someone who has led the way in your life and set an example of exactly what IS possible in the world. Then send out a thank you to him/her and go out there and challenge yourself in the person's honor!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Back in the Saddle

Life is good. Very good....

Depending on your perspective...

Just for today, stand on top of a table top and view the world from a different angle. Funny how it looks different, isn't it? The same is true of your thinking. You have the power to change your own destiny.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


If you resist something, DO IT

If you MUST DO something NOW, don't.

Or at the very least, wait.

Just for Today, wait until you know that you can do it OR not, and be okay with letting the chips fall where they may.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Beware of the "B" Word

Boredom is the enemy of the alcoholic/addict.

So is the illusion of boredom.

Lack of drama is not equal to boredom.

Serenity is not boring.

This will take a loooong time to learn, however, so until you learn it, don't sit still.

Just for today: Be active until the moment you realize that boredeom is a choice, not a reality.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

You can do it

Today's Inspiration for ya: Okay, so I went to bikram today and there was a woman there who was morbidly obese. She had just started going to bikram and has been five times in four days and talked about making a committment to change her life. If others can find their weak links and take steps to change, WE CAN TOO.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Biography in 5 Short Chapters

Chapter 1
i walk down a street
there is a deep hole in the sidewalk
i fall in
i am lost...i am hopeless
it isn't my fault
it takes forever to find my way out.

Chapter 2
i walk down the same street
there is a deep hole in the sidewalk
i pretend i dont see it
i fall in again
i cant beleive i am in the same place isnt my fault

Chapter 3
i walk down the same street
there is a deep hole in the sidewalk
i see it is there
i still fall in it, it's a habit
my eyes are open
i know where i am
it is my fault
i get out immediately

Chapter 4
i walk down the same street
there is a deep hole in the sidewalk
i walk around it

Chapter 5
i walk down another street

Portia Nelson.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

So What?

if you don't get your way.

If it doesn't work out, it's not a good fit.

Jobs, relationships, rewards and regrets

These come and go.

What it true is your core
Your authenticity
Your pliability

The extent to which you can digest the good and expell the bad, learning the whole way through.

Besides, recovery is all about trusting that if not this, something much better is just around the corner.

Just for Today, if something doesn't work out as you planned..the job, the girl, the _______________, then practice the faith that abundance beyond your wildest dreams is just beyond the next door that opens.

Monday, March 15, 2010

How Important Is It?

Winning isn't everything...

especially when it means losing...

something or someone else.

Despite what we've been taught,

letting others know we know what is right is not helpful; especially since we didn't know what was right for us to begin with.

Getting sober means forgetting about being the boss and digesting a better way of living.

A way that doesn't always mean we are right, but that, no matter what, we can FEEL alright.

Just for today, let someone else prove you wrong. You will be surprised at how much more you will like yourself afterwards...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Solution

The solution is out there if you so choose...

The pain of making that same mistake over and over is there as well.

Sometimes, that decision is not as easy as one might think,

but the choice can be life or death,

relationship or none,

forgiveness or resentment,

clinging or letting go...

Just for today, live in the solution whether you want to or not.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Back on Track

When you lose your way, start again.

When you can't find your way through the fog, you are most likely being protected from something that you aren't yet ready to see.

Give it time.

It will come.

The fog will lift and you will find your center again.

If we were always centered, then what would be interesting about the journey?

Just for today, Don't pick up the self-loathing stick and, instead, find something to laugh about instead. Time will pass whether you choose to have fun or not.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Be Consistent

f you have read the book, and you are, in fact, convinced you are an alcoholic/addict, then it is VERY important (potentially life-saving) that you make an effort to be consistent in your recovery attempts.

Your disease is like a potent poisin doing one-armed push-ups, building up strength, and wating to attack you through every step of your recovery process. Inconsistency is one of that monster's favorite ways to sneak inside and sabatoge your best recovery efforts.

So how can you remain consistent in your recovery?

-Go to the same meetings as often as possible

-Be in touch with familiar people and don't compartmentalize your thoughts and feelings

-Don't spend too much time alone with yourself, especially in the first year of recovery, as your brain is most likely the only "person" who has ever REALLY tried to kill you.

-Find and keep a comfortable routine with work, exercise, meetings, play-time, etc.

The key here is that you want to remain strong, to build your new muscle memory up enough to protect you from the "cunning, baffling, powerful" and patient disease of addiction.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank You

To any and all who have purchased my book -101 Substance Abuse Recovery Tips
a warm-hearted thank you. I just got word 111 of my books sold in the last quarter, which means people are getting a little extra help in their search for answers and support.

Please spread the word and hoping that my contribution will make some difference in your daily journey.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wag Your Tail

Just for today,

Be proud of what you have accomplished.

Let your smile show from ear-to-ear.

Be the example that makes others want to live a better life.

Not through your words,

but through your actions.

Through the change that is evident in you.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

When you are Afraid

Hug yourself.

Literally, wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a hug.

We spend too much of our valuable time in life waiting for others to make us feel better.

We aren't children anymore, even though we might feel like it sometimes.

We are adults who need love.

And most of that love HAS GOT to come from inside.

The rest will flow in a fashion beyond your wildest dreams.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Joy and Freedom

Make a change today.

Just for today.

Be clean.

Dare to dream.

Let your arms open to the abundance that encircles you.

You won't be disappointed if you stay out of your own way.