Kicking Off Recovery Month With 5 Thoughts

My friend Cathy Taughinbaugh over at graciously agreed to write last Thursday’s Thread and then shrugged off my apologies for dropping the accompanying photo.  I was irritated because it was a great post (see about practicing presence and was a great set-up for Recovery Month.

My only excuse is I had my appendix out last week and I was a wee bit apprehensive about the surgeon removing my digestive organs and rolling them around in his hands to examine them for God knows what.  I’m grateful he kept only my appendix.

So I’ve been in Recovery Mode and now that I’m a tiny bit less sore and a teeny bit more mobile, I can give my thoughts over to the real Recovery Month:  National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

September is the one month during the year when all of us in recovery from addictions to alcohol and other drugs get to yell a collective YEE-HAW!  The other 11 months we do our best to practice humility.

But September is different and to honor the thousands who are participating in support walks (yes, I do have a flight booked for Philadelphia for the Big One so say a prayer, please!), I’d like to offer these five inspirational thoughts for Mindful Monday.

There are no rules: Use one for each day this week or do as I do and meditate on all of them each day. Whatever makes you happy.

Blessings to you on this first Monday in September.

B Well,


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

– Thomas Edison

Superman’s not brave. You can’t be brave if you’re indestructible. It’s every day people, like you and me, that are brave knowing we could easily be defeated but still continue forward.

– unknown

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now – and do it. 

– William Durant

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.

– Dan Millman

Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. 

– Og Mandino


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