Responsibility

Playing it Safe, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

Playing it Safe, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

Before the birth of my daughters and way before my divorce, I followed my curiosity. I followed whatever peeked my interest. 

I worked as a baker, a banker, an auditor, a real estate agent, a Spanish tutor, and even a flight attendant! 

I felt that I could be led by my sense of adventure and curiosity because the only one that I was responsible for was me.

Relationship With Myself, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Relationship With Myself, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I hate that I feel irritated and notice that the pictures hang crooked in my office and in my home. I wait in line at the grocery feeling none of the “goodness” of buying organic foods that others seem to be secretly smiling about.  I listen to a righteous diatribe about why “my smoking is not hurting anyone but myself” and I think of that person’s children, and parents, and spouse and friends.

I am judging, critical and negative.

The Languages of Parenting, by Susan Beyler

The Languages of Parenting, by Susan Beyler

I think……..

Momspeak is the language of encouraging the child to explore all the space available to them within a set of boundaries. These boundaries can be somewhat fluid, since, as the parent we are present to identify a problem early in its development.

Following Through with Amends, by guest blogger, David Saffold

The following is my ninth entry in a series about the 12-step spiritual program of recovery.

Step 9:  “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”
 
Step 8 and 9 are combined in the literature and are found in Chapter 6 (Into Action), page 76, third paragraph through page 84, second paragraph of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  This time we will focus on Step 9 which is the step where we actually clean up our past so we can go forward into freedom.

Spark by Spark, by Suzy Newman

Spark by Spark, by Suzy Newman

“...Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”
                         - Ayn Rand