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About Letters to a Loved One

My friend, Ed Brazell posted about Letters to a Loved One and I thought that was a good way for all of us to give on this day of thanks.  Here is a little about Letters to Our Loved Ones

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Warmed By the Hearth Fire: Dealing with Grief in Recovery

And so it is.  I will go through the grief process, but I will take consolation in the hearth fire of others, and know that there will be a new day, a tomorrow. Each of us has a way of reaching out and touching another through our words, a gentle reminder of worth, or encouragement when things are difficult.

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Recovery: When You Contribute, We All Learn

We had a new member in our group tonight. Most of the women have over six months in recovery and facilitating this group, I’ve gotten to know them.  I never expect the newest to speak first, but always acknowledge them and let them know that they may either speak first or let us know when they are ready to introduce themselves; but to always feel free to contribute to the conversation at any time.

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Okay, I Need to Change – But to What?

In one of my first lectures in treatment, I kept hearing about the spiritual principles that I needed to incorporate into my recovery.  For the principles listing on the sign-up sheet, I falsely assumed that I’d go to a dimly lit room, with incense wafting and cloistered monks reading from musty, dusty tomes.  I hoped that they would enlighten me and give me ancient wisdom on how to change.

Instead, I learned from recovering people like myself in recovery support meetings.

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Secrets and Shame

They only will have a chance to make it if they do the footwork.  If I keep secrets that leads to shame and shame feeds the addiction.  I found out that I don’t always need an umbrella and a lifejacket, and I can try new things and new ways.  Not everyone in this World was put here to make my life miserable; there are good, kind people here.  I’m not so bad as long as I’m sober!

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