Be What You Are

“Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.” – Julius Charles Hare, English theological writer (1795-1855) Wondering where to begin when first entering recovery? One way to really get off track is to attempt to be what you are not. While it is very tempting to want to…

About Change

“Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.” – Will Garcia When we awakened today, what was the first thing on our mind? What got us up and out of bed and eager to take up today’s challenges? Or, did we awake with a feeling of dread, or worse, nothingness? While we cannot…

Working Together

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer, the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, went on to inspire millions, depicted in The Miracle Worker (1880-1968) Think about the tireless efforts of ants and bees. One ant…

What Is Happiness?

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Runbeck, American author, teacher and humanitarian (1905-1956) Ask anyone the definition of happiness and we’ll get different answers. For some, defining happiness has more to do with how they feel at the moment, whether they got up feeling terrific or…

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…