How Spiritual Growth Enabled Me to Love Myself

This is from chapter 8 of my book, Facing Our Fears. I’m coming up on 25 years of continuous sobriety next month and it was good reading this again. It showed me where I was spiritually and emotionally back then. But several years later I would eventually figure out the whole Julia Roberts thing and … Read more

Working On Happiness

An excerpt that ties in with something else I wrote about in my book, Facing Our Fears. My infatuation with Julia Roberts and how it had to do with my fears and insecurities. I have become much better at turning my day around and feeling good about myself. But there was a time in my … Read more

Defining Our Identity

An excerpt from my book, Facing Our Fears. I hope you like it. “Identity: I want more people to love themselves and be happy with who they are, but we need to be careful not to let just one thing define us. For example, those in recovery shouldn’t let their substance-use disorders define who they … Read more

Why I Began My Search

An excerpt from the first chapter of my book. It was originally written in 2005 when I was just 9 years sober. I explain in chapter 12 why I rewrote my original book and changed the title. But what I wrote back then is still relevant to my sobriety of 23 years now, and my … Read more

Alcoholism And Addiction

Here’s another excerpt from my book.  We need to keep our eye on the ball when it comes to addiction. Debates and arguments can be both helpful and hurtful. It’s important to keep that in mind when we talk about addiction. “Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, … Read more

Family

We don’t get to choose our parents—the moms and dads who are supposed to guide us and love us. And some of us wind up with parents who clearly should never have had children. But, if we can, we should find a way to forgive them. I did this by understanding that my mom and … Read more