The Importance of Attitude

“Man’s rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends on his attitude…a man’s attitude will create the situation he imagines.” – James Lane Allen, American novelist and short story writer (1849-1925) When we think about having “attitude,” sometimes we think of something bad or too forward or outgoing. As if this is something…

On Being the Best You You Can Be

“Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, American actress and singer, died as result of intentional or unintentional overdose of barbiturates (1922-1969) Why are we quoting Judy Garland here? Wasn’t she a troubled individual, prone to all sorts…

On Living With Gusto

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius, ancient Chinese philosopher, thinker, teacher, and founder of the Ru school of Chinese thought (551-479 BCE) When we think about the word “gusto,” we automatically conjure up images of food. But the word really implies a joy of living, a full-hearted embracing of action. Gusto…

5 Signs Sex Is Undermining Your Recovery

Sex is a natural, healthy part of relationships, but it is also a major cause of relapse among the newly sober. For some, unhealthy sexual behaviors and relationship patterns are cross-addictions that fully emerge once drugs and alcohol are out of the picture. For others, one soured relationship can trigger a surge of dysfunctional thoughts…

Difficulty Versus Opportunity

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. ” – Winston Churchill, English statesman, orator, soldier and historian, served as Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for most of the Second World War and again from 1951-1955 (1874-1965) Imagine for a moment what would have happened if God…