Sharing Experience, Strength and Hope

I have heard some crazy stories…  Some wonderfully incredible and miraculous tales that have encouraged me greatly in my own recovery.  Sharing our experiences is powerful stuff.  Sharing hope with others who walk in our shoes is medicine for the soul.

“Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.”  ~ Samuel Smiles

Now let’s proceed with the understanding that you don’t need to be an alcoholic or an addict to gain insight and healing from the practices of Alcoholics Anonymous.  I have said many times that I think there are very few people on this planet that wouldn’t benefit from applying these principles and they certainly speak to those who are interested in healing or recovery of any kind. One of those principles is carrying the message of the hope we’ve found to others.

For anyone that’s spent time in “the rooms” of 12 Step programs, the words experience, strength and hope have especially significant meaning.  For anyone who hasn’t, let me elaborate…  There are several different kinds of meetings but my favorites have always been what are commonly referred to as speaker meetings.   Exactly like it sounds, someone gets up in front of the crowd and shares their story.  Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes so emotional you can almost hear everyone holding their breath – heads nodding in agreement and understanding with smiles, laughter and sometimes tears.   These are not war stories, not a time to dwell on the pain of the past but to acknowledge the truth of what happened and share hope for the future.

That is what I’d like to do here in this space.  Whether it be healing from addiction, depression, grief, relationships or the numbers on a scale we all have something to share from our recovery that can make an enormous difference to those who still suffer and provide motivation to those who are on the path to wellness.   So no matter what brought you here I hope you will read on as stories are posted and be inspired.

Sidewalks - A beautiful share from an Al-Anon member.


If you would like to share your story of experience, strength and hope please email it to  

You are welcome to include a meaningful quote and or/photo but most of all I invite you to share those moments of clarity, the psychic change, the spiritual awakening and the landmarks that led to healing.  Please know that your anonymity will be protected and is actually preferred so feel free to use a pseudonym.  Thank you for your willingness to share!




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