ONE DAY AT A TIME IN AL-ANON JUNE 7TH

Suppose, in taking a break from my whirling thoughts, I settle down quietly to think about the word “courtesy.” It means far more than mere politeness; you can be polite without an iota of personal love, warm concern for the other person’s comfort, peace of mind, and well-being. Even giving directions to a confused strangerContinue reading “ONE DAY AT A TIME IN AL-ANON JUNE 7TH”

 Grief Lasts Longer Than Expected

Grief’s unexpected turns will throw you again and again. You may feel that for every step forward, you take at least one step back. The grieving process generally takes longer than you ever imagined. Please don’t rush this process. Remember, what you are feeling is not only normal; it is necessary. “It’s been seven years,Continue reading ” Grief Lasts Longer Than Expected”

Pain and Progress

“Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered. Now I commiserate only with those who suffer in ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and ultimate utility of pain.”<< << << >> >> >>Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.’s can agree with him,Continue reading “Pain and Progress”

12 STEPS

At Ann’s insistence, the nagging wife, Dr. Bob, agreed to go to the Seiberling Estate that Mother’s Day afternoon to meet this character from New York, but she had to promise that they would stay no longer than fifteen minutes. When they met at the Gatehouse, Bill looked at Dr. Bob, who was perspiring, shakingContinue reading “12 STEPS”

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS

Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in ourContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”

Grief Runs Deep: Where Is the Hope?

Dr. Joseph Stowell says, “Even though your heart is breaking and tears are clouding your eyes and staining your cheeks, God does give us something worth trusting in tough times. And that’s Him, and Him alone.” When your heart is breaking, you can place your hope and trust in the Lord. “Be strong and takeContinue reading “Grief Runs Deep: Where Is the Hope?”

SPREAD LOVE AND NOT HATE

I envy the fact that others have good night kisses and talk about their day with their children. I got sick, and someone decided I wasn’t good enough for my children. Maybe I wasn’t at that moment in time, but I got better, and I am good enough. I was always good enough; I justContinue reading “SPREAD LOVE AND NOT HATE”

Grief Is a Unique Experience

You may feel it is useless to talk about your grief because no one truly understands what you are going through. “You sometimes feel after an experience like this that you’re talking a foreign language,” says Dora, whose daughter died. “You feel like there’s no way anybody can know what you’re feeling. There is absolutelyContinue reading “Grief Is a Unique Experience”