Today’s Thought

“Spend time alone and with family. Many people feel cheated in life in that they don’t have time to just read a book, enjoy a hobby or simply contemplate life. Likewise, many would enjoy more time to spend together with their family. Make time for both in your life, even if it means saying no to something else.”  Source: “15 Practical Tips 15 Practical Tips for Creating a Simpler, Happier Life,”

Daily Thought

“Failure is good. We try so hard to avoid failure, but failure is the real evidence that we’ve tried. If you avoid failure, you avoid taking action. Expect and accept that failure is part of the experience. Learn from it and move on.” Source: “Ultimate List of 50 Life Lessons You Must Learn,” LiveBoldandBloom

An Ex Responds to My Sobriety: “You’re Boring!”

The relationship went down in a blizzard of “f-you!” texts and my ultimately blocking him on my phone. Now, two years later, in the lobby of the building that houses my therapist’s office, there he was.

“Hey! You gonna walk by and not say hello?” he demanded.

I was hoping to slink by unnoticed, but Frank caught me in a hug and kiss.

Frank was the impetus for my getting my ass to AA.  Spinless when we dated, I allowed myself to fall into a vortex of excessive eating and drinking. By the end, I was a fat, sloppy mess and couldn’t stand myself.

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Today’s Thought

“Keep temporary problems in perspective by reminding yourself that the emotional pain, anxiety, or turmoil won’t last forever. Many of today’s crucial decisions and major worries won’t actually matter that much a few years down the road.”  Source:  “9 Mantras To Keep You Mentally Strong During Tough Times,” Amy Morin,

Today’s Thought

“Failure isn’t fatal. Mistakes are made every day. You become a victim when your failure becomes your identity.” Source: “Tips for Overcoming Obstacles,”

Today’s Thought

When you have a negative experience, focus on the positive lessons you can learn from it.  When a tough situation arises, don’t focus on who is to blame. Let go of asking “Why me?” and feeling like a victim. Ask yourself what you could do differently next time to have a better result.”  Source:  Ani Kalayjian, EdD, DSc, DDL, New York City.

Today’s Thought

“Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself, to be at peace, to be happy and to be able to sleep at night. You’re not doing this for them, you’re doing it for yourself, to set yourself free from the feelings of hurt, anger and helplessness that kept both of you attached for so long, and to be at peace.” Source: “Forgiveness: 5 Reasons Why You Should Let Go of Resentments,”