12 Step Journey

My newfound journey on the road of sobriety, with alcoholics anonymous providing the roadmap.
When every hope is gone, “when helpers fail and comforts flee,” I find that help arrive somehow, from I know not where.  Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking.  It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.
~Mahatma Gandhi

When every hope is gone, “when helpers fail and comforts flee,” I find that help arrive somehow, from I know not where.  Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking.  It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.

~Mahatma Gandhi

In the end I want my heart to be covered in stretch marks.
~Andrea Gibson

In the end I want my heart to be covered in stretch marks.

~Andrea Gibson

How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life.

—Louise L. Hay

The point of power is always in the present moment.

—Louise L. Hay

Anonymous asked: One of my greatest friends is an alcoholic soon to be 4 years sober. My friend is disconnected from the AA community in the area they live in, and are unable to go celebrate with the part of the community he is a part of. I want to give them something or do something for them to celebrate and show them how proud I am. Any ideas?

If you’ve known that person since before their sobriety, I think something they would treasure forever would be a handwritten (NOT email) letter from you.  

I’d briefly mention their past and your experience with them at that time(don’t’ dwell), what you felt like at and shortly thereafter their start of sobriety, and then delve into all ways you’ve seen them grow and change in the past 4 years -how far they have come since X date when the world was falling apart.  Most importantly how much you love them and are proud of them, and how grateful you are that they are in your life.

While I can’t make promises, if you put the time, effort, and love into that letter, it will be something they cherish forever.

Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing: That love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.
~Anne Lamott

Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing: That love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.

~Anne Lamott

Never quit. If you stumble get back up.  What happened yesterday no longer matters.  Today’s another day so get back on track and move closer to your dreams and goals. YOU CAN DO IT.

Never quit. If you stumble get back up.  What happened yesterday no longer matters.  Today’s another day so get back on track and move closer to your dreams and goals. YOU CAN DO IT.

Please Do Not Feed The Fears…..
Something I need reminding of frequently.

Please Do Not Feed The Fears…..

Something I need reminding of frequently.

Anonymous asked: i have a friend who is a high-functioning alcoholic and this she can't actually change it. how do i convince her that she's wrong?

It is impossible to convince someone of something they do not want to accept.

The best you can do is make sure you’re ready for when they’re ready.

I so easily find myself frustrated.
Frustrated at the lack of progress in areas I struggle in, frustrated with my limitations. 
Frustrated because I don’t think that life is exactly and perfectly the way I want it or expect it to be.  

But then there are these moments of clarity like right now.  I am sitting here in my rather cold room, staring out at the grey sky day, watching the wind move through the trees and push on the poles and lines.  I can feel the melancholy of this damp and dreary fall today, and as I get lost in the gloomy drabness around me, I realize how infinitely lucky I am to be able to experience this, right here, now in this moment.  

And with that I realize that everything is exactly as it should be.

It is in embracing the moment, whether joyous or painful, happy or sad, grief laden or laugh filled, that we embrace this precious thing called life.  It is all wondrous, and it all has its part to tell in our life.  Rather than rail against it, surrender to it; the good and the bad, for it is your life to experience alone, unique as a snowflake and just as fleeting.  

~12stepjourney

Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems today….

Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems today….

Monsters don’t sleep under your bed, they sleep inside your head.

Monsters don’t sleep under your bed, they sleep inside your head.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu