Pain and Progress

“Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered. Now I commiserate only with those who suffer in ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and ultimate utility of pain.”<< << << >> >> >>Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.’s can agree with him,Continue reading “Pain and Progress”


At Ann’s insistence, the nagging wife, Dr. Bob, agreed to go to the Seiberling Estate that Mother’s Day afternoon to meet this character from New York, but she had to promise that they would stay no longer than fifteen minutes. When they met at the Gatehouse, Bill looked at Dr. Bob, who was perspiring, shakingContinue reading “12 STEPS”


Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in ourContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”

Grief Runs Deep: Where Is the Hope?

Dr. Joseph Stowell says, “Even though your heart is breaking and tears are clouding your eyes and staining your cheeks, God does give us something worth trusting in tough times. And that’s Him, and Him alone.” When your heart is breaking, you can place your hope and trust in the Lord. “Be strong and takeContinue reading “Grief Runs Deep: Where Is the Hope?”


I envy the fact that others have good night kisses and talk about their day with their children. I got sick, and someone decided I wasn’t good enough for my children. Maybe I wasn’t at that moment in time, but I got better, and I am good enough. I was always good enough; I justContinue reading “SPREAD LOVE AND NOT HATE”

Grief Is a Unique Experience

You may feel it is useless to talk about your grief because no one truly understands what you are going through. “You sometimes feel after an experience like this that you’re talking a foreign language,” says Dora, whose daughter died. “You feel like there’s no way anybody can know what you’re feeling. There is absolutelyContinue reading “Grief Is a Unique Experience”


“Good intentions are only good if doing good was the intention. To many times do people say they did something out of good intentions, but in reality it was to benefit themselves”-Joshua Bridges The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come toContinue reading “JUNE 3RD- FOOD FOR THOUGHT”


As parents, we need to try to find the security within ourselves to accept the fact that children and parents won’t always like each other’s actions, that there will be times when parents and children won’t be able to be friends, and that there will be times of real anger in families. But we needContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”


How great it is when we come to know that times of disappointment can be followed by times of fulfillment; that sorrow can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all that we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievementsContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”


“I am breaking the silence, finding my voice fighting for freedom, my only choice.” Addiction isn’t something easy to explain to someone. How can something so complex as this be put into simple explanations? It’s not simple because addiction is anything but “simple.” Something simple doesn’t consume an entire life in such a quick breath.Continue reading “BREAKING THE SILENCE”

Address Unresolved Issues

Having unresolved issues with the person who died will cause you to be stuck in grief. These issues may be petty disagreements over work or family life, or they could be deep-rooted conflicts that were never settled. You can still settle those issues in your own heart. “You can’t get unstuck from grief until youContinue reading “Address Unresolved Issues”


“When you are down in the valley, that is where you are going to grow because that is where the fertilizer is,’ says Barbara Johnson. “that’s where you have to seek out God’s help.” In what ways have you grown as a result of your experience? Perhaps your compassion has been strengthened. Maybe you areContinue reading “CATALYST FOR PERSONAL GROWTH”