Holiday Season Pass

I joined a new page on social media that seems like it came just in time. First holiday season since the loss of a close family member. I am noticing that those around me are also struggling. Its ok to feel those feelings, express those feelings and accept those feelings.

Just make sure you get back up.

Pure Intent

The month of giving thanks is upon us. It starts every year in November and is a wonderful use the holiday season. A daily social media blog post is not all that it is about however.

Its not about what people around you see. It’s not about the praise. It’s not about what you can write on your college applications. That shouldn’t matter. Well, it shouldn’t be the only thing that matters.

There is something miraculous that happens in your brain when you do things for people or animals in need. It releases a hormone that you could look up and learn the name but thats not really the point.

We all suffer from challenging mental health moments in our life. We all know that we could benefit from those happy and pure emotions. The extra tail wags or purring, the knowledge that someone will go to bed with a full stomach or warm coat that night.

There’s a warmth behind honest intent. Don’t stop searching until you find it.

Are they worth it?

Addiction and the recovery from it is a lengthy process that is super daunting when you face it alone. Yet so many people don’t have any other choice.

More often then not they are dealing with it alone because they have pushed everyone away with their behaviors.

Here is Alcohol Anonymous’s 12 step program. These are the steps every addict has to go through. Some skip a few or don’t do them in order, however they are all significant.

These steps can easily be adapted to any addiction process. Drinking, Drugs, sex, eating, Etc.

No one is perfect. I am surrounded by addicts of all sorts, in varied states of recovery. Some I had to give up on. Some I stayed too long. Some are worth the fight.

The 12 Steps, as outlined in the original
Big Book and presented by AA are:

1. Admitting powerlessness over the addiction

2.Believing that a higher power (in whatever form) can help

3. Deciding to turn control over to the higher power

4. Taking a personal inventory

5. Admitting to the higher power, oneself, and another person the wrongs done

6. Being ready to have the higher power correct any shortcomings in one’s character

7. Asking the higher power to remove those shortcomings

8. Making a list of wrongs done to others and being willing to make amends for those wrongs

9. Contacting those who have been hurt, unless doing so would harm the person

10. Continuing to take personal inventory and admitting when one is wrong

11. Seeking enlightenment and connection with the higher power via prayer and meditation

12. Carrying the message of the 12 Steps to others in need

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