gratitude

Shutting down as a defense – Episode 152

Do you retreat into yourself when problems arise? Do you prefer not to hear bad news? Maybe you are shutting down as a defense. Here’s our outline: Which of these statements do I connect with about shutting down? “When I am stressed, I retreat into myself.” “If I don’t think about a problem, it will…

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My gratitude list (2015)

Around the time of the American Thanksgiving holiday, I think about the things I am grateful for. I have found the “alphabetical gratitude list” to be a useful tool in cultivating an attitude of gratitude. A — I am grateful for Age. Youth was fun, and there are times I wish I was young again….

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Gratitude – Episode 129

Have you heard someone say they were grateful for the alcoholics in their life? How do you practice gratitude? Can you find gifts in the “punishments” of your life? I reflect on gratitude while walking in the woods on a beautiful fall day. (How) can I say I am grateful for my loved one’s alcoholism?…

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Imperfection – Episode 122

Do you feel that you have to be perfect? Do you go through life as if you’re on a stage? Is it hard to have compassion and love for yourself? Let’s talk about imperfection. This episode was inspired by the book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be…

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Laughter – Episode 121

When you came to your first meeting, were people laughing? How did that make you feel? How do you use laughter in your recovery today? When (under what circumstances) did you laugh before program? When and how did you laugh as a child? How did that change as you grew older? How did that change…

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