Page 417 - 419 of the Big Book, A.A. World Series,1939, " Acceptance Is The Key", loosely interpreted states that whenever anything is wrong out there, it is wrong right here. Why I chose to think of that as my marriage, my world, crumbles arou... Read more
The term unconditional love came into use in the 1960's, supposed LSD drug culture and became more widely known in the 1970's pop culture with counselors and therapists.
I liked this term when I started having children in the late 1970's. ... Read more
Spark Goals and Accomplishments
Weight Loss Jan. 2009 - Jan. 2014
2009 - 233 lbs.
2011 - 196 lbs.
2014 - 184 lbs.
June 2014 - 180 lbs.
Weight Loss 3 Year MIni Goal (2017) - 150 lbs.
Weight Loss 5 Year Ultimate Goal (2019) - 135 lbs.
Journey to Accomplishment: ... Read more
It May Well Be / Be That As It May (Be)
I remember my mom saying "it may well be that..."and sometimes "Be that as it may (be)". And it was usually followed by some ultimatum that we, (my brothers and sister), had to follow ( my mom passed away 12 years ago). I did not understand it... Read more
No Ifs, Ands or Buts
I am ready today to live a life with no regrets, no excuses or apologies, no ifs, ands or buts. Also let me not forget the woulda, shoulda, coulda's.
So many things have happened to me in my 64 years here on earth, some bad, mostly good. ... Read more
Precaution, Caution, Paranoia
"Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they are not out to get you." from a Kurt Cobain song, Kathleen Anderson show and my youth.
What a way to live! Another one is " the best defense is a good offense", from Carl Von Clausewitz's works... Read more
It Works For Me
I have had a lot of post-stroke pain over the past 3 years. To deal with it and for the strength and motivation to move through and beyond the pain I call out to my Lord Jesus Christ.
I grew up Southern Baptist and we use to say God all th... Read more
My Mantra and Prayer
I heard in a 12 Step Program that fear is false events appearing real. Also that one cannot be in fear and faith at the same time. I do not wholeheartedly endorse that point of view. I have also heard that courage is faith in spite of fear, a... Read more
Words I Live By
I read a lot of spiritual writings on my weight loss journey. Why? Because I do a lot of the tried and true things that are recommended by the experts and programs that supposedly work for weight loss and I am sporadically stalled. So I have s... Read more
My Best Life
My weight loss efforts have not been working to my satisfaction for the past 3 months.
I have stepped up my efforts by tweaking my food plan, increasing and changing my exercise and for inspiration I read books by Joel Osteen, Evangelist- ... Read more
A Child's Prayer For Me, For All Times
The following is a child's prayer taken from an essay in " The Spectator" , March 8, 1711, written by Joseph Addison. A later version appeared in "The New England Primer in the 18th century. My mom taught me to say this prayer at bedtime when... Read more
Experience, Strength and Hope
I was taught through membership in a couple of 12 step programs to share my experience, strength and hope with others. The great part of that is I always have at least two out of three of those working in my life daily. It was there that I al... Read more
A Psalm of David
I learned this Psalm when I was about 12 years old and have continued to recite it daily and/or nightly when I have problems getting to sleep and/or staying asleep. I feel it is helpful because I have read that 7 to 8 hours of sleep each nig... Read more
Prayer Changes Things
I pray daily for health- weight loss, to lift my physical disabilities, mental soundness, happiness for myself and others, etc.; for wealth - financial, family, friends, etc.
I pray in accordance with the Holy Bible, King James version,
a... Read more
More Serenity Today
The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr
(Born Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr on June 21, 1892, an American theologian)
God, give us Grace to Accept with Serenity
The things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
Which sh... Read more
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