I Build Things

by Don
(Hardy, Arizona, USA)

My dog helping me build my deck

My dog helping me build my deck

I build things - too - it gets me focussed on other things: 
I am restoring an old cabin that I live in. I find it great to see a project completed - my deck is especially ego boosting. Each piece of wood is specially cut to fit my design - which took a lot of concentration. Also - helping others helps me realize that we all have problems. I attend AA meetings weekly and the 12 steps helps me realize that it was not fault, and the best course of action is healing the past and forgiving the person that harmed you. Not easy to forgive, but the only ways to become a happy person is forgiveness.

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Dec 29, 2008
Building with hands and heart...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Sounds as though building has turned into a form of meditation for you, Don. What you have come to realize through building, both with your hands and with your heart (through AA, et al) will take you far. Forgiveness IS the path toward freedom and happiness, as difficult as forgiveness can be. Keep up the good work!

One day at a time, Don. The best of the New Year to you and your handy canine helper; and may the completion of your cabin and deck become a symbol of your sustained sobriety. Thank you for sharing your formula for success and happiness with my visitors and me.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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