Michael’s 12 Steps and Footprints In The Sand

Golden Footprints In The Sand Prayer RingI never knew anything about 12 Step programs until….a crisis fell upon my suburban “perfect” little family. The crisis is called “addiction”. My oldest child at 20 years old was in the hospital in a drug induced psychosis. We had no idea what to do or where to turn. I talked to anyone I could for advice and found a friend in recovery from alcohol addiction. My friend, Michael told me that if I wanted to change anything I needed to get myself to a 12 Step program ASAP. I am a middle child and an overachiever so I went in with a vengeance thinking the sooner I do this, the quicker my son would be “okay”. The first thing I learned was that the program was not about changing my son but about changing myself. At first I thought this concept was crazy but this crazy concept is what got me to a life brimming with peace and serenity. It was not an overnight process and was filled with many bumps along the way but it was well worth the work to get where I am.

For today, my son is clean from all substances for 4 plus years and I have my friend Michael to thank for guiding me to a place I never knew existed. To show my gratitude to Michael for always being there for me I bought him a Golden Footprints In The Sand Prayer Ring from Rush Industries. I attached a note that said:  “When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you. Michael, thank you for carrying me and showing me the miracle of the program. With much love and gratitude…..”

Upon reading the card, he had tears in his eyes and said if it wasn’t for someone who carried him into program, he would never have been there to carry me. The message of the 12th Step is to Pay It Forward. Thank you Higher Power and Michael for guiding me and always being there for me. I am ready, willing and able to Pay It Forward and guide someone in need into peace and serenity!

5 Tips On Recovery And Inspirational Rings

Believe it or not, I fell into 12 Step Programs because of someone else’s addiction. My loved one’s journey changed my life and my family forever. I had no idea, that I was as sick as my addicted son and I discovered that in order to help anyone in my family, I needed to recover myself. One of the things I did for myself as I began my journey of recovery was start a collection of Inspirational Rings. This may sound silly to you but my Inspirational Rings are a source of great comfort to me, especially on days when I feel overwhelmed. One of my favorite Inspirational Rings is my 18k Gold Plated Serenity Prayer Ring – “God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change…Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference…” I can’t explain it, but it gives me a feeling of peace and contentment, whenever I recite this prayer no matter what is going on in my life. Here are a few more tips on obtaining and maintaining recovery:

#1 Establish a supportive network – seek out others in similar situations in order to support one another.

#2 Prepare for bumps in the road there is no straight path and believe it or not, the bumps make you stronger.

#3 One of the hardest ones for me: Ask for help from others. I’m a giver, and it is very difficult for me to take but I’m trying.

#4 Don’t forget: Progress Not Perfection!

#5 Be Gentle With Yourself!

Feel free to send me your stories on recovery. After all, we help each other by sharing our experience, strength and hope! “No Man Is An Island!”

This Valentine’s Day Discover the Magic of the Serenity Prayer Ring

Upon awakening in the morning, do you pray, do you think about the twenty-four hours ahead? Do you ask your Higher Power to show you what your next step should be or do you expect your day to be magically serene? I NEVER get out of bed in the morning without reciting the Serenity Prayer and I concentrate on every word as I say it. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” My Serenity Prayer Ring is always on my finger. No matter how challenging the obstacles or difficult the tests during my day, I often magically bring myself back to a state of calm and peacefulness sometimes just by glancing at my Serenity Prayer Ring. Whether or not you are in a 12 Step program, the Serenity Prayer, in my opinion is the key to successful communication and peace within. Are you looking for love this Valentine’s Day? If you want to be loved, then you must give love…don’t wait, tell someone you love them today with a Serenity Prayer Ring and witness the magic.