gratitude

Dissonance

I remember attending my first Twelve Step recovery meeting ever. It was an open meeting, and I attended with a friend. I listened. I learned a lot and felt that even though what people were sharing didn't totally apply to me, there was something warm and familiar about it all the same. I couldn't put… Continue reading Dissonance

gratitude

Mighty kind

“Kindness is the mightiest force in the world,” according to One Day at a Time (299). In the past, I didn’t feel kind. I didn’t even feel like being kind. I felt like stabbing my ex-husband’s eyeballs with a handful of forks. If you know me now, you may be laughing and trying to imagine me… Continue reading Mighty kind

gratitude

I’d rather be wrong

Recently, one of my friends reached out to me to inform me that she'd been viciously attacked by her boyfriend (now ex). She described the bruises, and she admitted she felt scared for her life. "You were right about him." In the pit of my gut, I winced. There was a time when I reveled in… Continue reading I’d rather be wrong

gratitude

To my stepdaughter

*Big thanks to a friend of mine who gave me permission to post this letter he wrote to his stepdaughter recently. Thank God for  step parents who do engage and don't choose apathy.* Kylie, This is long. You will find it annoying and will likely skip entire paragraphs the first time you read it.  I… Continue reading To my stepdaughter

gratitude

Overdoing honesty

*Big thanks to Henry Petty for sharing his thoughts in today's blog post.* I’m a little too honest.  I believe that “honesty is always the best policy”.  “The truth shall set you free.” However, it’s not always the best policy, nor will it set you free if you overdo it.  I had an epiphany after… Continue reading Overdoing honesty

gratitude

Honestly

Honestly, I've figured out that when I'm not being honest with myself or with other people, there's something wrong. It might not be something huge and glaring, like a hidden affair or a concealed scar from an awful experience, but if I'm hiding it, there's a reason why. And it's probably not for my own… Continue reading Honestly

gratitude, photography

Questions of light

Special thanks to Sarah Klesko of Truthlets and Thoughtbits for serving as today's guest contributor. How often do we accept our blessings with pure joy? How often is our gratitude lined with feelings of guilt and unworthiness? Do you believe you deserve the good in your life or are you ridden with shame, guilt and… Continue reading Questions of light