Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Unknown

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. – Donald Rumsfeld That quote makes...
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Listening Is A Skill

Most people would consider public speaking a skill that requires considerable effort to develop. Very true. What often goes unrecognized is that listening is also a skill that must be developed. In many ways, good listening skills require just as much effort to develop as speaking skills. Further, I feel...
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Regret

We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. Many will recognize this as #2 of the 12 Promises of Alcoholics Anonymous. I must admit, I have some trouble with this one. I get the “nor wish to shut the door on it” part. I...
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Where Want Meets Need

We all want things. We all want someone in our life. It is normal that we should all need some things and some people in our lives. But, sometimes we want what we do not need. Sometimes we need what we do not want. Sometimes, not only might we refuse...
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HOPE

Hope springs eternal in the human breast…(Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man). Hope is always seen as a positive attribute. Is it? We all do it. Is that what we should be doing? Can hope or hoping for something be bad? As with all things, it depends on your frame of...
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That’s Just Not Normal Behavior!

A fellow colleague that I met at a Caduceus* group meeting had gone to Talbott Recovery in Atlanta for in-patient treatment of drug addiction. While he was there one of the other program participants told the following story which I always felt poignantly illustrated the insanity of addiction. The newbie...
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Well, I’m just going to quit!

I love maps. All kinds of maps. Not e-maps or maps on a smart phone but real printed paper maps. The older the better. I have reproductions of ancient maps of distant lands and the night sky with the constellations. I have contemporary maps of national parks, cities, states, the...
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Is abstinence enough?

The goal of any one who wishes to become sober should be abstinence from their drug or behavior of choice. But, keep in mind that the ultimate goal is complete recovery. For complete recovery something more is required. Although one could not possibly be in recovery without abstinence, you can...
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All Life Is Precious

I had just finished a run this past Sunday morning when I saw a bird on the ground in my yard up just ahead of me a few feet away. It was a robin. Its back was to me and its wings and tail feathers were symmetrically spread as if...
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