Diversity

“In diversity there is beauty and strength” ~ Maya Angelou

Just like every person is different, so too are our talents and the way we do things. Let’s look at a couple of examples of how each of us have talents that are unique to each of us.

As a kid in the kitchen of our home economics class, we were all given the same a banana bread recipe to make for a grade. At the end of class, each of us presented the results to the teacher for our grade. I looked around the room at my classmates results. I was surprised to see all of the end results of our assignment. Each of us had different results even tho our the recipes were all the same. My banana bread may have risen more than Jane’s but hers was moister than Kim’s.

Another example is my skills as a caregiver. I can remember countless times during my time working as an aide that I was told that I was the best one that gave a shower, made a bed, or helped a patient somehow. I’d also been told I was the worst too(chuckle). Even though I told my patients/clients that I was doing the same thing as my coworkers did, they still said that I did my job different in some way than the others.

Whenever each person brings their own unique talents together with others we can create a type of harmony. When all of us create harmony together, and don’t argue who’s better than another, we learn that although each of us is different, we learn that we are stronger together.

Thought for the day: No matter what the task is at hand, each of us has our own unique way of doing things. That diversity can make us Stronger together.

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Diversity

“In diversity there is beauty and strength” ~ Maya Angelou

Just like every person is different, so too are our talents and the way we do things. Let’s look at a couple of examples of how each of us have talents that are unique to each of us.

As a kid in the kitchen of our home economics class, we were all given the same a banana bread recipe to make for a grade. At the end of class, each of us presented the results to the teacher for our grade. I looked around the room at my classmates results. I was surprised to see all of the end results of our assignment. Each of us had different results even tho our the recipes were all the same. My banana bread may have risen more than Jane’s but hers was moister than Kim’s.

Another example is my skills as a caregiver. I can remember countless times during my time working as an aide that I was told that I was the best one that gave a shower, made a bed, or helped a patient somehow. I’d also been told I was the worst too(chuckle). Even though I told my patients/clients that I was doing the same thing as my coworkers did, they still said that I did my job different in some way than the others.

Whenever each person brings their own unique talents together with others we can create a type of harmony. When all of us create harmony together, and don’t argue who’s better than another, we learn that although each of us is different, we learn that we are stronger together.

Thought for the day: No matter what the task is at hand, each of us has our own unique way of doing things. That diversity can make us Stronger together.

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Love Yourself – Warts and All

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection.” ~Buddha

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved and cared for others. I never really thought about caring for myself and my needs until the last few years. For about 7 – 10 years I actually hated who I was. I didn’t feel like I deserved love. Sure I got compliments for looking nice, doing a good job or being nice but I figured people were being nice and didn’t really mean it.

How could I help other people if I didn’t at least like myself?

I always second guessed myself until I met someone who changed all that. This person, rather his passing, made me go outside my comfort zone. This was my first step in loving myself. Since I’ve done that, I’ve had lots of complete strangers all over the world compliment my work which has helped me to accept myself a little more each day.

Thanks to the love everyone has given me, I feel love for myself and that love is sent back out again to others. It is the love that is given, shared, received and given back out. It continues going from me to you, to my family, to your family, and on, and on and… It’s a circle of caring and sharing.

Thought for the day…Believe in yourself. Conquer your fears. Dip your toes in the water to test it if you must, but then just jump in. You are not as bad, ugly, or unworthy as you may think you are. Love yourself for who you are, warts and all.

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Thorns in Life

“Every rose has its thorn. Just like every night has its dawn…” ~ Poison

A number of years ago, my best friend and I used to go berry picking. Oh, how I dreaded it! I always got scratched up. And then we had our “secret” spots that had their own set of dangers besides the thorns. One time I accidentally stepped in a woodchuck hole and twisted my ankle. Another time she felt a sting followed by another and another. Suddenly she was yelping and ripping her clothes off while running around with her arms flailing in the air. Come to find out, she was standing on top of a fire ant hill and they weren’t to pleased. Thankfully we were on a private path where no one beside myself saw this hysterical spectacle!

After all was said and done, the berries washed, our wounds cleaned and bandaged, we ended up with sweet treats and even a little wine. Our first batch ended up more like moonshine, but I digress.

In order to enjoy life’s rewards, we need to go out and pick the berries. Anybody who’s been berry picking knows that to get that sweet fruit you need to watch out for the thorns. Of course no matter how careful we are we can still get snagged by a branch, step into a woodchuck hole or, Heaven forbid, stand on a fire ant hill. If the worst thing that happens is that we snag our clothing, get a couple scratches or sprain an ankle, that’s ok. We can always bandage or patch that stuff up. Dirt washes away, wounds do heal, and we still survive.

Thought for the day: Sometimes we can reminisce the times we got scratched up, bit up, or stepped in “stuff” and can have a little chuckle at our own expense.

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No Matter What

I wanted to share a social media post that moved me. Many of these words kept me clean in some of my darkest hours. Thank you for the reminder April.❤

Here is a poem I wrote using some common recovery slogans/sayings….. Hope y’all like it! 😊❤️

No Matter What
By: April Grisham

6 years & 8 months ago
I went to get help
They all told me
“You can’t do it by yourself”

I was overwhelmed
Wanted to say, “Shove it!”
They told me to calm down
And remember, “Easy does it”

I was told to get a sponsor
And I was like, “Why?”
I thought, “What a joke!”
They said, “Work the Steps or die!”

At first I resisted
All because of fear
I said, “I got this”
They said, “Your best thinking got you here!”

I was pretty offended
But I listened anyway
Worried & scared to death
They said, “Just for today”

I began working the Steps
And started to be healed
They said this is forever
And “More will be revealed”

I began to feel emotions
I felt under attack
They said, “The best & worst thing about recovery”
“Is you get your feelings back”

There were times I wanted to give up
There were times I couldn’t see
I got angry when they told me,
You’re right where you’re supposed to be”

I stayed the course anyway
Recovery seemed so far
I wanted to run away
But they said, “Wherever you go, there you are”

I took all of their suggestions
At times I’d just smile & nod
Then, life showed up
They told me, “Let go and let God”

At 18 months clean
Everything happened so fast
I lost my job & almost lost my brother
They said, “This too shall pass”

I wanted to use so badly
I felt it in my gut
They held my hand & told me,
Don’t use no matter what”

I stayed clean through it all
But I’ve also made mistakes
But I have stayed willing
To do “Whatever it takes”

I have to take suggestions
To avoid being in a hearse
And remember that no matter what
My recovery MUST always come FIRST”

I still keep a gratitude list
I still continue to climb
Sometimes it’s really hard
But I take it “One day at a time”

Things still make me angry
At times I scream & swear
But I calm myself down
Saying “The Serenity Prayer”

I still hit my knees & pray
My brain still has a short circuit
But it’s true when they say,
It works if you work it”

I haven’t relapsed “YET”
I have a lot of haters
Sometimes it’s hard to deal with
But I know “It gets greater later”

Recovery has changed my life
Acceptance is the key”
I’ve learned so much
And gained serenity

I never thought it was possible
I never thought I’d find
A way to stay clean
And gain true “peace of mind”

So, if you think it’s impossible
And you feel under attack
Just know “We Do Recover”
And “Keep Coming Back!”

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Principles

“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour … If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?” ~ Charlotte Brontë

Spiritual Principles are similar to the Golden Rule(Do unto others…) and aren’t religious. They point us towards the good ways that our Higher Power wants us to live. The following is a partial list; Honesty, Acceptance, Hope, Commitment, Faith, Humility, Unconditional love, Perseverance, Vigilance, Sharing, Caring, Patience, Forgiveness, Kindness, Responsibility, Tolerance, Trust, and Gratitude.

Values are a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life. A few examples of values are; Determination, Reason, Common Sense, Reliable, Individuality, Efficient and so on. Some of these are basic common courtesy while others can develop over time as we grow.

Parents and guardians in all cultures have tried to instill these principles in children for centuries. When we live by and practice these principles it helps us to be happy, balanced and respectful people. These Spiritual Principles have molded and shaped many lives over the millennia. Whether it’s 10 A.D., 1500, or 2000, living Spiritual Principles has been beneficial to Kings and other types of leaders. Just as a judge would show mercy to a law breaker or a criminal, other leaders or Kings would. Of course this didn’t apply to just Kings and Rulers.

Thought for the day: Maybe if everyone, no matter who you are or where you live, practiced these Principles and Values maybe, just maybe we can bring about peace.

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Our Journey

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu

When we go on a journey what are we doing? We’re going from one place to another. How do we do that? We walk, drive, or fly. Each event we go thru is a step on that journey. We experience all kinds of things that bring us joy, sadness, anger, laughter and all other feelings in between. Each experience has something to teach us. Sometimes the events are big, while some are small but everywhere we go, everything we do, shapes our journey. We learn and grow. Quite often, we don’t know we’ve grown or learned anything until we’re past whatever we’re going thru.

My 1st total life upheaval was when the apartment building I lived in caught on fire nearly 13 years ago. There were so many reminders that made me cry for some time. I think it was around the time I was given a possible reason for it happening that I began to heal. That reason was because I couldn’t do what I needed to on my own, so, my Higher Power helped me the best way He knew how. Instead of continuing to mope around, I finally picked myself up by my bootstraps and started to live life again.

Thought for the day: Today, when I look back, I see the lessons learned even tho I may not have thought so at the time. I may look back and shed a tear in my heart over the good memories, I see the lessons I’ve learned and the growth I’ve had because of them.

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