Category Archives: Acceptance

What Is A Hero?

Let me pose this question: Where do you look for your heroes? Are they the brilliant scientists searching out a vaccine for COVID-19? Are they the brave men and women on the front lines fighting fires? Are they the leaders of the protest movements that now encircle the globe? Our heroes tell us a lot about who we are and what we value. Let me … Continue reading What Is A Hero? »

Harnessing the Power of Afflictions

“Captain Ahab assembles his crew to tell them, ‘Whosoever of ye raises me a white-headed whale with a wrinkled brow and a crooked jaw; whosoever of ye raises me that white-headed whale, with three holes punctured in his starboard fluke–look ye, whosoever of ye raises me that same white whale, he shall have this gold.’” — Herman Melville  Melville wrote these lines in his classic … Continue reading Harnessing the Power of Afflictions »

Making the Desert Your Friend

One of the key elements in the 12 steps is surrender. For the first seven years of my sobriety I could never say I surrendered entirely. There was a piece of me I kept hidden, even from God. And then the bottom dropped out. “Beaten into complete defeat by alcohol … and surrounded by those who can speak to us from the heart, we have … Continue reading Making the Desert Your Friend »