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If you’re new, do you wonder why members have been coming for years? Doesn’t there come a time when we’ve learned it all? What do we gain from keeping on keeping on? It amazes me that The Recovery Show is 2 years old this week!
Spencer thinks back over the last 2 years, about the journey, about what this podcast has meant for him, and maybe for you. Here's a rough outline.
- How and why did we come to start the podcast?
- Early experiences podcasting.
- Guest hosts.
- Including your voices.
- Losing my co-hosts.
- Focusing on the podcast
- Providing value.
- Your feedback and support.
- “electronic” co-hosts.
- Value to my program.
Next week will be episode 100. We've invited some past co-hosts to reflect on their experience participating in The Recovery Show.
Upcoming topics include growth in the program, discovering ourselves, and healthy support vs caretaking. As we approach the end of the year, and the start of the new year, what “resolutions” are we thinking about for 2015? We'd love to hear from you. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
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life is a garden,
not a road
we enter and exit
through the same gate
where we go matters less
than what we notice
Bokonon — Life Is…
A friend posted this to Facebook recently. I have heard many times that “life is about the journey, not the destination”. Which says to me that if I focus on where I think I am going, I often miss the beauty and the wonders along the way. And my life experience is that the destination I think I am working towards is often not where I end up, nor is it where I really want to be.
This little poem takes that idea a step further, by saying that there is not really a destination at all. I remember visiting Monet's garden at Giverny, where he painted many of his later masterpieces. I wanted to revisit the scene of this painting and that painting. I wanted a photograph of the weeping willows over the pond, and one of the arched bridge behind the water lilies. But if I had gone, head down, to just those scenes, I would have missed so much beauty and left poorer rather than richer. Monet spent years in that same garden and did not exhaust its riches. I spent an afternoon, and while I enjoyed seeing the “famous” scenes, the garden was full of beauty, large and small, for me to notice as I wandered.
And so it can be with the garden of my life. My program helps me to notice the things that are in my life today. The practices of daily inventory, prayer, and meditation slow me down in my headlong dash into the future, and enable me to look at what I have, at what is around me, right here, right now.
A meditation for October 14, 2013.
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