Thanksgiving Power – New Year’s Style

When Ted got into treatment I was nothing but grateful for five years straight. It was as though my prayer life simplified by 1000.  “God,” I would say all the day long, “Two words — Thank You.” In a way I lied because I would often say the two words about 12 times in a row which would be 24 words.    heart around sun

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5 Ways to Live a Life of Gratitude, Christmas Style

At Starbucks with a new friend from my 12 Step group, she handed a gift to me across the table —  a gratitude journal. “It helps me to start my day with ‘Thank You’,” she said. I copied her ways and it hasn’t just helped me, it’s a game-changer.

Gratitude list

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Top Five Ways to Sabotage Your Loved One’s Recovery

Guest blog time again. Read to the end. Such good stuff.

Let’s count down on the top ways you can sabotage a loved one’s recovery, starting with:

#5    LOOK ON THEM AS DAMAGED GOODS

  • “Well, he’ll never get a decent job with that on his record.”
  • “She might as well go on being addicted, nobody decent will ever want her anyway.”
  • “Once a drunk, always a drunk.”

Sound harsh? I’ve heard all this and worse from well-meaning family members and friends who do not recognize the possibility of long-term recovery, or are just afraid to hope anymore.

#4    MANAGE THEIR LIFE FOR THEM

Because obviously your loved one is not capable. So you pay the bills, pick up the kids and put gas in the car. You put your own life

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Miracle Balloons

In her book, Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton writes, “When your miracle doesn’t happen the way you planned, it becomes important to look for peripheral miracles. Peripheral miracles are those that aren’t directly in front of you. They’re not the one on which you’ve been so damned focused. You have to turn your head to see peripheral miracles.”

I held a self-pity fiesta the other night and invited my husband, Bush. Read this with a tearful, pathetic voice, Me -“I feel disappointed that God hasn’t….” whatever. My actual fill-in-the-blank doesn’t matter, you’ve been there. hot air balloons 2

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Chopped

I’ve expanded my TV repertoire from all HGTV all the time, to the food network, specifically Chopped.  I like HGTV because nothing bad happens except dry rot and old plumbing. Bad things happen on Chopped, but no one gets gunned down, is tortured or has their child kidnapped in a foreign country. Anyway… so, Chopped.

tartare with lampuga fish, celery and food garnish

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