Gratitude and Trust: Recovery is Not Just For Addicts

Affirmations and inspiration
to keep you gratefully in the moment & trusting of the future.

by tracey jackson and paul williams Order Meet the Authors Sign Up

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

– May Sarton Sign Up for Gratitude and Trust

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.

–C.G. Jung Sign Up for Gratitude and Trust

Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.

–Thoms Aquinas Sign Up for Gratitude and Trust

Pay attention to the relationships you cultivate in life, and do not miss the chance to tell those you love how very much you love them. Seek out real meaning in your life, build from your passions, and stand up for what you truly believe in and support.

–Brittany Maynard Sign Up for Gratitude and Trust

Oct 23 2014

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MEA CULPA

Addictions

MEA CULPA

Yesterday I made a big mistake. Now I could have an excuse or an explanation. The mistake was I somehow gave myself credit for Laura McDonald’s wonderful blog. The explanation is I am in  a hotel in Paris with really spotty WiFi.  I did upload her photo, it might have taken, might not. I thought it did.  But I think my fault was not changing the author blog from myself to guest blogger. So her photo could have loaded but  I… Read More

Oct 22 2014

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LESSONS IN GRATITUDE FROM THE CAN-LADY

Giving Back, Gratitude, Helping Hand

LESSONS IN GRATITUDE FROM THE CAN-LADY

  What began as a typical Thursday became a life-changing moment that nearly brought me to my knees. I was up early, preparing our daughter’s breakfast before school, racing to run the dog out, rushing to get ready for work as a health coach and writer in NYC and had a brief, but not uncommon, squabble about money with my husband. The financial frustration the American middle-class feels is alive and kicking in our home. Our oldest is getting married,… Read More

Oct 16 2014

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You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.

Gratitude

You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.

WINNER OF THE DAILY GRATITUDE CONTEST   It is virtually impossible to judge gratitude. Gratitude is gratitude.   What works for one might not work for the other. How does one place a value not that. But this was a contest – So – I think it has to be a tie between Lynda Thompson who took cold showers and learned about deprivation as a young girl and is grateful on a daily basis for her health.  Hard to argue with… Read More

Oct 15 2014

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BOOK SIGNING – BOOKS AND BOOKS

Book Tour

BOOK SIGNING – BOOKS AND BOOKS

We were back on the road last week. We spent three days in Nashville at The Southern Writers Conference. Which I will blog about next week. And then we went to Miami to read at Books and Books in Coral Gables. For those of you who are unable to attend any of our appearances due to geography or any other reasons, this should give you an inside look from beginning to end. We were lucky because my friend Stephen Duncan… Read More

Oct 13 2014

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Bryan Castner,

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GAINFUL SOBRIETY

Addictions, Clarity

GAINFUL SOBRIETY

  My wife and I were talking the other day about how things have changed for us, and how I have changed since I’ve been in recovery. I would like to say that it’s all good, but it would be more accurate to say things are…a whole lot better. And isn’t that what we look for – progress, not perfection, as the slogan goes? It’s taken me a while to realize that recovery is much more than cessation of use.… Read More

Oct 8 2014

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HERE COMES INSPIRATION

Accomplishment, Book Tour

HERE COMES INSPIRATION

  Many years ago I wrote and recorded a song about inspiration.  It’s celebrates a woman who is the source of the singers’ strength, passion, and ideas. “Here comes inspiration … walking through the door.. Bringing back a thousand dreams I thought I’d lost for sure …  Monday Momma sure looks good to me.” It’s portrays the muse as a person.  A healing companion that’s the energy behind his ability to create. I think there was a lot of “what… Read More

Oct 6 2014

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GRATIUDE – DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS

Gratitude

GRATIUDE – DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS

  When it comes to gratitude the big things can come more easily. Like mammogram day, OK, I know I lost some of the guys and younger folk on that one. But every woman knows the gratitude when you get that “Everything is OK” message. It’s easy to be grateful when things are going our way. I was thinking about that a lot last week; how we roll along being grateful while life is moving in the way we want… Read More

Oct 5 2014

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OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI

Addictions, Book Tour

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI

Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.― Johnny Depp     We were in Oxford, Mississippi last week and we were not there for the football game. It was the last stop of the first two weeks of our multi-week book tour. I’ve never met a bookstore  didn’t like, but there are a dozen or so on the planet that stand out above the rest. Square Books in Oxford, MS is such a place. It’s not just the fearless and… Read More

Oct 1 2014

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WE LEFT SOME BOOKS IN SAN FRANCISCO

Book Tour

WE LEFT SOME BOOKS IN SAN FRANCISCO

So right now we are in Oxford Mississippi.  We have been up since four am when we left for the airport. Now people who have been following us for some time will know I make a big deal about the difference between an explanation and an excuse. I could do the really lazy thing and just toss up an affirmation. But, I feel like I need to catch everyone up and to welcome our new followers. Not to mention that I… Read More

Sep 29 2014

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THE TOUR GOES ON

Book Tour

THE TOUR GOES ON

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.― Francis Bacon We are ending week one of the first leg of the Gratitude and Trust Book Tour.  Since we left LA on Wednesday we have had an easier pace.  We luckily had one thing cancelled on Friday night or we would have been rush, rush rushing and if the planes had not been on time. we might not have made it up here to Vancouver. As Paul always says NO… Read More