“The great Western disease is, ‘I’ll be happy when… When I get the money. When I get a BMW. When I get this job.’ Well, the reality is, you never get to when. The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not … Read more

Work hard, play hard!

“Please… tell me who you are and what you want. And if you think those are simple questions, keep in mind that most people live their entire lives without arriving at an answer.” — Gary Zukav Recovery is about growing up and living life on purpose. In order to live a life of purpose we … Read more

The price tag

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”  Theodore Roosevelt Recovery does come with a price tag, not only the price of admission, i.e. getting sober you must … Read more

Sticks and stones…

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never harm you! — My Mother. Sure we all have been offered this advice and as much as it sounds like a logical and sound principle it is not true in reality. Words have hurt more addicts than anyone would want to admit. We have … Read more

Live life large!

“The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Any one of them could change the course of his life overnight.” — Mark Caine The “one day at a time” principle is the guiding light in keeping our minds from racing. In early recovery we often feel as if staying … Read more

If you can’t walk, crawl…

If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.  — Martin Luther King, Jr. Inch by inch it’s a cinch, yard by yard it’s hard! The founders of AA had some great insights. Before anyone ever labeled post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) they knew … Read more

Daily Reflections

I have utilized the Daily Reflections for over twenty years, it was given to me as a gift on my third anniversary.  It is amazing that a reading like this pops off the page for me today as if I have never read it before!  I want to share it with you in case you … Read more

A bit of History!

Dr. Bob’s Farewell Address “My good friends in AA and of AA, I feel I would be very remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to welcome you here to Cleveland, and not only to this meeting but to those that have already transpired. I hope very much that the presence of so many people … Read more

Build up or tear down…

“Most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself”. — David Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Of course we all talk to ourselves on a daily basis. We are thinkers and self talkers. Often we talk to ourselves in the negative, “aaa look at you, you … Read more