Seasons in Life and Recovery

For writers and “recoverers,” I’m sharing some beautiful writing by Laura McKowen about her life journey and journey of recovery from alcohol addiction.  I love that she touches on loneliness, something I can relate to very much in my own life and feel shame about, and mental health and financial crises.  The poetry she refers to in her piece, by Mary Oliver and David Whyte is wonderful, as is her reference to “I’m sailing”!  Be sure to click her links.

Her takeaway message for me — and one I need to hear over and over again — is to be where I’m at.  Pain builds you… as Glennon Doyle Melton says.  And, Laura says here, it’s also okay and necessary to be content and feel deserving when we’re happy, rather than waiting for something to go wrong or bringing it on ourselves.  ” I trust that I don’t have to struggle, feel constant stress and tension in my body, or dislike whole areas of my life, in order to keep the goodness.”

Here is the link to Laura’s essay: http://www.lauramckowen.com/blog/2016/8/23/seasons

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Annie.

 

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