“Taking My Higher Power With Me On Vacation”

"I experienced timelessness on this vacation. Now that I am back, I feel more clear and energized than ever."

Thought for today: It’s better to “unplug” from work during our vacations, so we can rejuvenate.  But letting go of work and daily worries is hard for some of us, and we seek to fill the void with something else. What helps us not need to fill the void is to include a Higher Power in our plans.  Our Higher Power is any power greater than […]

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An Important Life Lesson – From Golf!

A golf swing is a lot like life.

Thought for today: As we work our DA recovery, we are bound to discover new awareness and feelings about our lives.  We try to process these feelings to grow along spiritual lines. When we are tense, it’s hard to process feelings.  Daily challenges become harder.  When we relax, feelings become easier to deal with. A member shares: “Golf works […]

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Time Investments That Bring Us More Time Tomorrow

Thought for today: There’s a simple way to help us find plenty of time in our lives.  It isn’t prioritizing the level of importance or urgency of our To Do lists, although those things are important.  It’s determining whether what we want to do will bring us more time tomorrow. Interruptions happen at the least opportune time – […]

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Life Unplugged

"I am allowed to have down time to just be."

Thought for today: When we take time off for a change of pace, we can learn about ourselves.  When we refuse to give in to panic about “not being productive,” we can give in to exploration and fun renewal. It’s not that we can never plan for the future or meditate on the past.  It’s that […]

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Analyzing Our Numbers Over Time

Thought for today: At the end of our Pressure Relief Meeting we will want to schedule our next one, usually one month into the future.   In between, we will continue the daily practice if tracking our numbers, gathering useful perspective along the way to help measure our progress. A member shares: “Doing my numbers has […]

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Processing the Results of My First Pressure Relief Meeting

Thought for today: After our Pressure Relief Meeting is over, and we have a new Spending Plan and an Action Plan for dealing with our debts and our life,  we will be on course to grow in solvency.  Our Pressure Relief Group has given us honest feedback about our current situation and we are now becoming […]

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Getting Through My First Pressure Relief Meeting

Thought for today: Continuing on the theme of sharing and pressure relief, let’s talk about what happens in a Pressure Relief Meeting. A member shares: “I like to start my Pressure Meetings with a short prayer like the Serenity Prayer.  Then I hand out my numbers and give the group a chance to review them. “My Pressure […]

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Preparing for My First Pressure Relief Meeting

Thought for today: Having set up our spending categories, and tracked our numbers for a few weeks, the next step to simple pressure relief in DA is to put together a realistic spending plan that puts our needs first.  To do this we schedule a Pressure Relief Meeting (PRM) during which we will share with our Pressure Relief Group (PRG) our categories for income, spending, […]

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Why Do We Share Our Experience, Strength and Hope?

Thought for today: Sharing, in DA, means talking about ourselves at a meeting.  We talk about our experience with money and creditors (before and after DA), our sources of strength (DA, God, the fellowship, the Steps) and our hope for today and for better days to come as we work the program.   Why should we do that? A […]

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Am I Grateful?

Thought for today: Father Martin, a very public advocate of the Twelve Steps, once said that “Gratitude is the one coin with which you can buy God.”   How could he say that? His talks described how gratitude heals.  Gratitude helps our recovery grow. If we are grateful, we have no capacity for hatred.  We set aside old wounds, not in […]

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