“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!” – – Dwight D. Eisenhower

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFor recovering or recovered alcoholics and addicts the holidays can be a trying period of time on our sobriety.  Talk in the rooms often swings to the holiday, the temptations and of course the solutions to overcome any temptations.  The Fourth of July, The Day of Independence for the United States of America is one of those holidays that tends to lend itself to outdoor “parties”  the barbecues!  But when we focus on the solution and focus on what we want in our lives we have the Freedom to choose recovery!

The greatest Freedom we have in life is the Freedom of “Choice.”  The recovered life often starts with some sort of coercion, some outside force that says, “get help or else…”  But true recovery comes when we “opt in” and say Yes to Life!  When we make the choice to live substance Free, when we go for it in life, when we begin to live up to our abilities and beyond.  Our Freedom isn’t Free, it begins with a choice, and sustains itself every day with that same choice, “live life to it’s fullest, substance Free!”

Our greatest Freedom is Choice, the Freedom to chose…   Life is Goooooood!

 

Go, Go, Go…

 

Dan 🙂

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God? or god?

God? or god?

by Daniel 1 June 2016

When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God.  —Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., pg. 47   I attend a group on the History of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) on Saturdays.  It is amazing how AA has grown and flourished over the years due to some simple concepts that were inclusive and […]

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The Spin

The Spin

by Daniel 31 May 2016

“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” –Nikos Kazantzakis Public Relations (PR) Spinners are always at work.  The stigma of addiction and alcoholism rears its head on nearly a daily basis in the media.  An actor is arrested for DUI and the Spin Doctors go to work immediately.  The reports […]

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Mastery Starts Now

Mastery Starts Now

by Daniel 30 May 2016

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Zen Charts

Zen Charts

by Daniel 27 May 2016

Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to: Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities. Engage patients and family. Improve care coordination, and population and public health. Maintain privacy and security of patient health information. Feb 6, 2015 As the advertisement says, “Finally an EHR that doesn’t suck!”…   In the mid-1990’s […]

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Please help us to get the attention of our elected officials.

Please help us to get the attention of our elected officials.

by Daniel 14 February 2016

Addiction treatment providers are under attack by health insurers! Please go to Change (dot) Org and read, sign and share!  We need your help… Life is good! Dan 🙂

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by Daniel 22 November 2014

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The Real Art of Conversation...

The Real Art of Conversation…

by Daniel 26 June 2013

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Lady Dorothy Nevill ♦ Restraint of tongue and pen is a spiritual principle that if practiced may keep us from unnecessary conflict. My friend “Sarge” the […]

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Jack Jackson Lessons

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by Daniel 23 June 2013

June 23, 2013; It has been a full year since the passing of my friend, mentor and sponsor, Jack Jackson. I met Jack in Boquete Panama, when he would share at a mutual support meeting, I would sit on the edge of my seat. The more I heard the more I wanted to hear from […]

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The Art of Conversation

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by Daniel 12 June 2013

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Lady Dorothy Nevill ♦ Restraint of tongue and pen is a spiritual principle that if practiced may keep us from unnecessary conflict. My friend “Sarge” the […]

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The Twelve Steps

The Twelve Steps

by Daniel 16 May 2013

“We must remember that AA’s Steps are suggestions only.  A belief in them as they stand is not at all a requirement for membership among us.  This liberty has made AA available to thousands who never would have tried at all, had we insisted on the Twelve Steps just as written.”  Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous […]

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