Just Stop!

What have we here? Is it the most beautiful, appealing, attractive thing I have seen and must do what I can to possess it. Or, perhaps it is repulsive, ugly, frightening and I must give this a wide berth, look away maybe pretend I never encountered it. I have to stop and consider, that I amContinue reading “Just Stop!”

Courage

Courage is defined as noun: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery I’ll take this definition a step further. As the quality within to take action in spite of fear. Why? you may wonder, do I need to be courageous. As I am progressing through my endeavorContinue reading “Courage”

Gratitude

Gratitude With me, it happens in a split second — and for no discernible reason. Out of nowhere, I find myself overcome with a wash of gratitude for everything, everyone.   And each time I know that whatever divine human potential generates the sudden waterfall of thanks, it certainly does not come from me —Continue reading “Gratitude”

She led me to where I refused to go

Taking one step at a time, paying better attention than I ever have, the path chosen for me from before time. I am not on a typical hard fought rocky road to success by conventional standards, I have no interest in that. I want to help, aside from what I can remember of smoking aContinue reading “She led me to where I refused to go”

I don’t have a clue.

I am fascinated with the authority with which many, write, advising the masses of how it is and how it should be. I have come to the conclusion that, in the words of Lao Tzu “Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie yourContinue reading “I don’t have a clue.”

Unplug, disconnect. Shutting down, now. It’s time.

I have, in the past, shut down, as I like to call it. Every so often I will disable interactive apps on my phone, turn off the computer and live the way many did before the rise of the internet. Days of hand-written letters and cards. Having conversations face to face. Using more primitive ways of findingContinue reading “Unplug, disconnect. Shutting down, now. It’s time.”

I’m getting there

Liberated from my self-interest, discovering the best and worst in myself, reentering reality and society, as a being, with something valuable to offer without consideration of what, I am to get out of it, only, that I know now that by being generous and grateful with others, we’re all better for it. Bill W. andContinue reading “I’m getting there”

Out of the mouth’s of babes

How I treasure the newcomer and hearing and reading about the stories of those still struggling with addiction. Way back when almost before I could remember, I was told don’t give up before the miracle happens. Bah! I thought, I’ll never get over wanting to be impaired..ALL THE TIME! Until the pain of staying the sameContinue reading “Out of the mouth’s of babes”

Don’t go in there!

I have recently become aware of how repulsed by or completely comfortable some are with dwelling in the darkness of their spirit. Poets write of bathing happily in it, however, seemingly missing the opportunity there. Mystics, sages, religious and spiritual writers, describe it as the residence of the true self. Thomas Merton writes “At theContinue reading “Don’t go in there!”

When Enough isn’t

That which we do to or for others, we inflict or provide to ourselves. Being generous is, as I have found, quite a pleasant endeavor. As long as I am able to identify and be honest about my expectations. You see, I have a hard time being honest with myself about that. I tend toContinue reading “When Enough isn’t”

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