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A final reflection

What a year! It has been both easy and hard to write a weekly post over the past year to celebrate my 25 years of sobriety. In early posts, there was so much to write about and so much to … Continue reading

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Step 11: Attempting to live a spiritual life

For me, Step 11 of the A.A. program is all about maintaining a a spiritual life. The step reads: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of … Continue reading

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Do whatever helps

Last week I mentioned that I rarely go to A.A. meetings these days. When I first sobered up, I went to meetings regularly. Some people have found going to 90 A.A. meetings in 90 days a great way to get … 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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Thinking beyond myself

Through this blog, I have been sharing my experiences in sobriety, and I have been especially focused on my first year of sobriety that began twenty-five years ago. This week, events in the world are just so big and so … Continue reading

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Surrender

It’s week two of being sick, so I’m practicing surrendering … As I mentioned in an earlier post, learning to surrender has been a very important element of living a sober life. When I first sobered up, it was definitely … Continue reading

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Staying grateful

Bronchitis again, darn! Doctor says lots of rest and plenty of fluids, plus some medication, should do the trick. So bear with me today … What I want to reflect on today is gratitude. Very helpful at this time of … Continue reading

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Why am I grateful?

I’m on the road again this week (Alberta), so this brief post is written in the last moments of a Wednesday … Why am I grateful? Let me count the gifts: Sobriety – 25 years! Sanity. A wonderful partner of … Continue reading

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