Fun Within the Legal Limit

In February I attended a conference for young people in recovery. I have some, hmmm, what’s another word for overused “amazing”… marvelous images in my head that I’d like to put on a greeting card with the message, “Wish you were here.”Mnypaa blog

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Leaving Ourselves Alone

When Ted was in his dark days I pulled down the shades of my life too.  The phone would ring and I’d shout at it, “Leave me alone!  I’m busy being sad. I just need to be by myself and be so, so sad.”

Close-up of a sad and depressed woman deep in thought outdoors. toned image

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On Letting Go

“Choose if your loved ones are to know all that I (God) can be to them, or if they are to miss the best, because they have you instead.”  –Amy Carmichael

Ouch, or maybe more appropriately, whoa.   Let it Go

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“I don’t want to die from someone else’s addiction.”

Some of us have grown up in a context of alcoholism where things were a tiny bit crazy — or a lot.  Some of us have married an alcoholic or raised one. At any rate, we love an addict or are under their jurisdiction in one form or another, and it affects us. We can shrivel up and die from the affects of someone else’s addiction literally or figuratively. It can suck the life right out of us if we let it. Thank God, there’s a solution for us too.  It doesn’t have to be that way.isolation

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Good Things Were Always There

Pier and sunsetMy friend Austin commented, “Sometimes life is worth living because of the way the sun shines in the leaves on the drive home.” In the year 2010 I relayed to my mentor a litany of the things that had gone wrong with Sarah’s life and times in the year 2000. It made for a good story; there were multiple untimely and unsettling deaths, affairs, divorces, budding addictions, relationship quirks and behavioral drama. Basically it was the worst of times but at the time of my telling my mentor about the year nothing went right, it happened to be the best of times. She listened quietly and then said kindly,

 

 

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