Our writer has lost his voice
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
1y ago
I feel that I’ve lost my voice in my writing. Since I started this blog, my posts have been largely confessional in nature. Early on, a lot of my posts were about my struggles with various aspects of the 12 Step world as I understood it at the time. Some, but not all, of those ..read more
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Don’t Call It a Comeback
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
1y ago
I feel like I lost time this summer. The entire month of July feels like it was lost. Most of August as well. It was hot, and humid, as it always is in Maryland over the summer. I stayed mostly indoors.  Back in June, I made a decision that I needed to stop running because ..read more
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Making Amends to Ourselves — a Path to Self Forgiveness
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
1y ago
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of self forgiveness lately. I think that self forgiveness presents a challenge for many people, in and out of recovery. As humans, we often judge our own actions through ..read more
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Don’t Fake It — You Might Not Make It
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
1y ago
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” — Polonius, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene III Polonius’s advice to his son Laertes comes in the context of finances and very likely was received by an Elizabethan audience ..read more
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Gratitude – 26 Mar 2021
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
2y ago
I passed my final certification test for work yesterday. I am grateful to have that off my plate. Tests make me extremely nervous. I spent time connecting with coworkers to discuss a weekly article related to the balancing act of work. It is really cool to connect with people out of my own org and ..read more
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Resignation Masquerading as Acceptance
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
2y ago
And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to ..read more
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Blue Skies, the Universe Calling, & a Quiet Friday
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
2y ago
This morning on my run, I noticed just how blue the sky was as I made my way through the wind and the cold. It was stunningly blue. Something about the angle of the sun made it that way. Of course, the sky isn’t really blue, it appears that way because of the reflection of ..read more
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A Passing Grade, Warm Toes, & Letting Go
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
2y ago
I passed the certification exam that I had to take today! I have two more to go in the next month or so. I’m grateful to have two down and two to go. I got out for a bike ride today in my new gear and I was toasty warm even as it was 34F ..read more
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Recognition, Validation, & New Cycling Kit
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
2y ago
Last week I was invited to attend a Certified Ethical Hacking class that is being offered to some of the systems engineers here at my company. I am excited for this opportunity to build my skills and my resume. It is nice to be recognized and rewarded for my abilities by my leadership. In advance ..read more
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A Clean Biopsy, Nachos & a FaceTime Call
Walking in Sober Boots
by damien
2y ago
I got a call from my doctor today and the biopsy of my mole was clean, keeping the streak of clean biopsies alive. I’ve lost count but it’s well over thirty. I made nachos for dinner this evening, which were a hit with my son. He asked to go to one of our favorite restaurants ..read more
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