From February, 2012

Thanksgiving Day, Sweet Potatoes And All

The first time I started in the Al-Anon program, which is several years ago now, my sponsor instructed me to keep a gratitude list. I was told to write down at least three things each day I was grateful for. At first, since I was in a pretty rocky spot, they were fairly simple things: 1. Have two arms. 2. Have two legs. 3. They work. My sponsor at the time didn’t get in my face about it. She was patient, and pretty soon the lists changed. They grew as I grew in the program and let go of some…

You did NOT just say that!

Okay. I know for a fact that how we say things is just as important if not more important than what we say. I’ve been attending these lectures on alcoholism and have been learning better ways of communicating, how to express “I Statements.” (Stay with me for a minute, here, I know this is technical but it’s important for later on.) There are three steps to an I Statement: 1. State very specifically what behavior led to your feeling. 2. State what you are feeling. 3. Explain the consequences of the behavior for you. In correct usage, it might look…

Riddles for Fun and Folly

1. I have but only two They taste just as sweet Though thru bitter words may flow. 2. A hairier face you’ve never seen and the halitosis might make you green Brown eyes staring, body wiggling 3. Three eyes have I, all in a row. When the green one opens, everyone goes. 4. I cover without smothering. I’m not clothing. 5. Pull my chain, everything goes black. 6. Stout am I but not from food My whiskers betimes slip off my face That’s it. That’s all the fun I have today. I’ll write a more serious post later. Wanted to…

Knitting and Purling, and Soothing

Didn’t end up going to the meeting last night. Listened to my inner self, my chronic fatigued, bipolar self, and – more importantly – the H.A.L.T theory. Never let myself get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Well, as I wrote yesterday, I was pretty wiped out. I needed a break. Today I’m going to an afternoon meeting and tonight an open talk (my first one in a very long time, so I’m excited!). Last night was a time for knitting. Recently I splurged and bought a set of Harmony wood needles, along with the cables (and a tightener for…

Priorities

I’ve been doing too much. Going to about four Al-Anon meetings a week, attending two lectures on alcoholism followed by sharing times afterwards, which amounts to two 3-hour evenings a week, reading all the literature on alcoholism I can get my hands on and then some. I had to take back all the books I had taken out from the library on the subject. My sponsor made me. 😛 I couldn’t exactly take back the 30+ I have downloaded to my Kindle. 😦 I’ve been accepted to work on a collaboration with 13 other writers. Also, just been accepted to…