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#SoCS April 21/18 & Blogging from A to Z April 2018: Spoke


                                  #SoCS April 21/18 & Blogging from A to Z April 2018


How often have you been listening to a song and you feel that you are being spoken to? Better yet how often have you been at a church service and during the sermon you feel as though God himself has come down and spoke to you?

I remember on December 31, 2011 my sisters and I were in Lamar, Missouri for the funeral of our Uncle Kenny, the youngest of our Grandma Wanda’s three children and the second that she had had to bury. Our mother was the first in May 1998. During the service the preacher was not performing a normal funeral, it was more like a lecture to my cousins and although I did not realize it at the time – I also was being spoke to. I wish I could say that it did some good. Unfortunately I was in  the beginnings of a new addiction to cocaine and very much so in my alcoholism – unbeknownst to my sisters and grandma.

My favorite times though are when I am attending either a face to face or online meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. So many times I am listening to others sharing their own experience strength and hope and it seems they have just plopped themselves in front of me, speaking directly to me and reminding me that I am worth it and that it does continue to get better.

Yet, the greatest feeling is not knowing who I have spoke to and given my experience , strength and hope to in those same meetings when I share. My inner voices often say they spoke to me long before I picked up a drink or did a line and told me not to and that I just did not listen. Imagine that, me not listening when I am being spoken to!!!

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage” today, thanks for stopping by!!


Blogging from A to Z April 2018: Qualified


Blogging from A to Z April 2018


What makes a person qualified? Who determines that a person is qualified to do a specific job, to speak on a specific subject or to share their experiences. Ultimately it is the individual. One will apply for positions because they feel that they are qualified. Most people will not discuss topics unless they truly believe they know what they are talking about, because no one likes to seem like a fool. There are those of us who just have that gut feeling that they can possibly touch others by sharing their experience, strength and hope by telling their entire story with no reservations.

Let me preface this by saying, I am not arrogant nor do I think I have all the answers when it comes to recovery from alcoholism and addiction. What I will say is this, my story is my story and I am proud to say that while there have been many ups and downs in recovery and life in general, I am here and that is through the grace of my Higher Power whom I choose to call God and because I am unabashed about sharing who I am and where I have been along with where I want to go – I feel this makes me extremely qualified to share.

I am always blessed when I can speak of my troubles with my alcoholism, cocaine addiction, being bipolar and of course that double edged sword of depression. I love that I am a work in progress, I will never be perfect but with the help of my fellows and my faith, I continue to grow in recovery every day.

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage” today, thanks for stopping by!!


Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge: Bloggers


Blogging from A to Z April 2018

I believe that I am a pretty good writer and I do love to write. I love to share my thoughts, opinions, pictures, my experience-strength-hope in recovery and even when there is drama going on in my life, I will share that too.

My issue is that I just don’t have the drive and discipline to be one of those daily bloggers. I do believe that I have the creativity, thought and words to do so. So tell me folks out this huge blogosphere – how can I get there?

That is what is in “My Rattled Cage” today, thanks for stopping by!