GROWING PAINS

By marilynldavis

By: Ben Rose   “Someday Somewhere We’ll find a new way of living We’ll find a way of forgiving…” “There’s a Place for Us”, from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story    Excrement Occurs   On 4/22/22, I turned 15. Not a chronological 15; I am far older than that. This date represents 15 years of…

17 Spiritual Principles That Will Change Your Life

By marilynldavis

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.

Casualties of Addiction: Our Children

By marilynldavis

Did I realize that I’d taken up arms against my children when I started using? No, I did not set out to harm them; however, that was the result.  And just as the history books record the injustices done, each of my children recollects the harm from her perspective. 

SIX PRINCIPLES FOR FORGIVING

By marilynldavis

The psychiatrist and Course in Miracles teacher Jerry Jampolsky in Goodbye to Guilt calls forgiveness “the ultimate challenge” (p. 149). We cling to hurts, slights, insults, betrayals, wrongs, anger, resentments, annoyances—and on and on, through months, years, decades, and, before we blink, a lifetime.

MAKE AMENDS

By marilynldavis

To make amends may take effort and gulping down some pride, mustering some courage, and taking an action we’ve been too embarrassed or uncomfortable to take. These feelings are exactly why we should act.