Author Archives: Sibyl

Some days …

Oh, no matter how positive and sober a life I try to lead, there are some days where I just don’t do so well. This was one of those days. I woke up with a head-banger of a migraine in … Continue reading

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“Sorry” is a powerful word

Step 10 of the A.A. program is: “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” For me, taking personal inventory is all about being honest with myself. Early in my drinking and drugging days, I … Continue reading

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The best gift of all

Last week I wrote about how February was a big month in my sobriety. Getting my 9-month chip was very important, but finding out that I was pregnant 25 years ago was such a huge gift. I very much wanted … Continue reading

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9 month chip!

February was a really big month for me in that first year of sobriety. In February, I made nine months of sobriety. It was the month I finished my first time working right through the 12 Steps of A.A., and … Continue reading

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Nature is part of how I stay sane

One of the ways that I stay sober is by appreciating the natural world around me. From my very shaky beginnings when I could barely stay sober for an hour, never mind a day, I found great strength in seeing … Continue reading

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Taking a deep breath

In my last post, I mentioned that one of the ways I avoid picking up a drink or taking a toke is by taking a deep breath. In thinking about it after, I realized that there was a lot more … Continue reading

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Many ways to show gratitude

Ever since my mid-teens, I’ve been a volunteer. Even when I was at the depths of my drinking and drugging, I did volunteer work. No doubt I made mistakes, sometimes because I spent the night before – and into the … Continue reading

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Making amends

Step 9 of A.A. says: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” This is a logical next step after “making the list of all people I had harmed” in … Continue reading

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Quietly grateful

Ah, sometimes life is just a little more challenging than we hope. For me, the past week has meant health challenges that cause me pain and make me very tired. So, it will be a short post this week to … Continue reading

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A whole lot of surrendering going on …

It’s been a while since I reflected on the 12 steps of the A.A. program. The next, Step 8, says: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” For me, … Continue reading

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