My best thinking…

im-not-in-denial-denial-reality-japanese-rockabilly-demotivational-poster-1259575578One of the biggest problems I’ve had in recovery is my habit of overthinking things.  I grew up around people with an insatiable desire to name, classify, quantify, and then sign, seal and deliver all manner of information, from the Latin names of plants to the works of great artists.  The emphasis was on knowing stuff, not understanding it — superficial was good enough, as long as you could sound like you knew what was happening.  In a way it was similar to the belief, common in many primitive societies, that if you know something’s name, you have power over it.

I see this sort of thing in the rooms of recovery, as well, and I was one of the worst afflicted: gathering knowledge for its own sake, not to facilitate understanding.   Continue reading

Thought for the Day 2/6/16

“You can’t think and hit the ball at the same time.”
~ Yogi Berra
Our instincts often serve us better than conscious thought. If something seems wrong, it usually is. The gut knows; it’s the nut on top that causes the problems.

Thought for the Day 2/4/16

When you get right down to it, recovery is about problem solving.
No one ever stayed sober by denying one, walking away from or around it;
problems are resolved by first looking at them, then walking through them.

Thought for the Day 2/3/16


Perfectionism has no place in recovery. 
It takes time to absorb our program, and we do that during our down time,
not while we’re working. It makes no sense to cram, because
the program has only one criterion: improvement.


We have to take time to smell the roses.