A Daily Message

Not well, but enthusiastically

Not well but enthusiastically. That’s how I paint and, most times, live my life. And that’s good enough for me.  Dear Hope Nation, I’ve learned a lot in recovery—about the universe, about humanity and, most of all, about me. Learning about the universe has been almost uniformly delightful; practicing acceptance and gratitude really does make a difference.…

It's a Beautiful Day! Really!

Dear Hope Nation,  “There is nothing new under the sun.” King Solomon in EcclesiastesOld Solomon was absolutely right, on this and many other topics. As long as people are people and the earth is the earth, nothing new appears, just the same things in new relationships. Likewise, in recovery on whatever pathway, the foundation doesn’t…

Sicker Than Most

Dear Hope Nation, We all have heroes, sung and unsung. Today, I’d like to tell you about one of my strangest personal recovery heroes, describe what he’s doing tomorrow night and invite you to be part of it.I am a 61-year-old man in long-term recovery from both opiates and alcohol. Think of it—61-years-old! When I…

Grow a beard!

Dear Hope Nation, Keith trying to grow a beard After 10 days of seclusion, I’ve recognized one lie I’ve told myself for years. Back when I was using, I assumed I’d eventually be locked up by the state for some period of time. My vision of, say, five years in prison—always, for some reason, in…

Hopemore

ear Hope Nation, By the time you finish reading this, you will have experienced the creation of a new word! Read on to become the first kid in your neighborhood to utter these syllables and grasp their meaning. My friend, Tito, is very impatient, so I know he wants to read the word first, then…

A Gratitude List

Dear Hope Nation, One of my favorite books of all time is Middlemarch. Written almost 150 years ago by a woman whose pen name was George Eliot, it tells the story of a small English Midlands town, primarily through the eyes of Dorothea, an orphaned young woman who has an impact on the lives of…