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When I began my spiritual journey in 1977, the first quality in others that I was attracted to was serenity. I didn’t know that I was attracted to the quality of serenity. Instead I was attracted to serene people. I was going to AA and one of the strengths that you are taught in 12 step meetings was to learn how to help others.

The jobs that a beginner can volunteer for include setting up the meetings and helping clean the rooms after the meeting. For the beginner it can be a humbling experience to begin learning the true lesson of anonymity which is to do something without taking credit or bragging about what was done.

The meetings that I volunteered for were overseen by this man that was so calm and peaceful that I knew I wanted whatever he had. Finally one night I asked how he had gotten whatever he had. It was hard for him to define “it”. But he recommended a little pamphlet about serenity. The booklet taught me two major lessons.

The first lesson was the story of the man in the desert with the whirling dervishes. Someone came up to the man and asked him what he did about the whirling dervishes and he said that he just let them whirl. What a concept! I was beginning to be introduced to detachment and letting it go and change what you can and let the rest go.

The second lesson I learned from the booklet was an illustration that contained an explanation of serenity as picturing a swan beautifully gliding on the surface of the water. But under the water, the swan was paddling furiously in order to go forward. With my thinking at the time, I thought that this seemed dishonest. Such was the power of my brain to distort everything I experienced.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Timothy Ferriss

ISBN 978-0-307-35313-9

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Adult Children of Alcoholics

Janet Geringer Woititz

ISBN 1-55874-112-7

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Coach Yourself to Success: 101 Tips From a Personal Coach for Reaching Your Goals at Work and in Life

Talane Miedaner

ISBN 0-8092-2537-9

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Journal to the Self: Twenty-two Paths to Personal Growth

Kathleen Adams

ISBN 0-446-39038-0

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Keep Your Paycheck, Live Your Passion

Erika Welz Prafder and Carole Sovocool

ISBN 1-59337-264-7

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The Little Book of Letting Go: A Revolutionary 30-day Program to

Cleanse Your Mind, Life Your Spirit and Replenish Your Soul

Hugh Prather

ISBN 157324-503-8

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Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Jeff Jay and Debra Jay

ISBN 1-56838-521-8

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More Language of Letting Go

Melody Beattie

ISBN 978-1-56838-558-7

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Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life

Naomi Judd

ISBN 0-7432-3663

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The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart (Companion to The Artist’s Way)

Julia Cameron

ISBN 0-87477-836-0

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What to Do With the Rest of Your Life: America’s Top Career Coach Shows You How to Find or Create the Job You’ll Love

Robin Ryan

ISBN 0-7432-2450-7

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Recovery Books

12 Steps: A Spiritual Journey (Tools for Recovery)

Friends in Recovery

ISBN 0941405443

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Addiction & Recovery for Dummies

Brian Shaw, Paul Ritvo, Jane Irvine, and M. David Lewis

ISBN 0764576259

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Alcoholics Anonymous: Big Book 4th Edition

AA Services

ISBN 1893007170

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Bipolar Disorder: Insights for Recovery

Jane Mountain

ISBN 0971927057

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Codependent’s Guide to the Twelve Steps

Melody Beattie

ISBN 0671762273

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Conscious Contact Volume 1: Where Spirituality And Recovery Meet

Gail DeWitt

ISBN 1598244949

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Don’t Call It Love: Recovery From Sexual Addiction

Patrick Carnes

ISBN 0553351389

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Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction

Thomas Bien and Beverly Bien

ISBN 0471442615

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Recovery from Cancer: The Remarkable Story of One Woman’s Struggle With Cancer and What She Did to Beat the Odds

Elaine Nussbaum

ISBN 0757001376

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Recovery in Mental Illness: Broadening Our Understanding of Wellness

Ruth O. Ralph and Patrick Corrigan

ISBN 159147163X

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Recovery of Your Inner Child: The Highly Acclaimed Method for Liberating Your Inner Self

Lucia Capacchione

ISBN 0-67170-1355

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Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics

Herbert Gravitz and Julie Bowden

ISBN 0671645285

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Self-Esteem Tools for Recovery

Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn

ISBN 0936077085

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The Child Abuse Recovery Workbook: Your Life is what Your Parents Made It – How to Make it Yours

Robert Hoc

ISBN 1595940544

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The Dual Disorders Recovery Book


ISBN 0894868497

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The Family Recovery Guide: A Map for Healthy Growth

Stephanie Brown, Virginia Lewis, and Andrew Liotta

ISBN 1572242183

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The Grief Recovery Workbook: Helping You Weather the Storm of Loss and Overwhelming Disappointment

Ray Giunta

ISBN 1591450241

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The Soul of Recovery: Uncovering the Spiritual Dimension in the Treatment of Addictions

Christopher Ringwald

ISBN 0195147685

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The Twelve Steps And Dual Disorders: A Framework Of Recovery For Those Of Us With Addiction & An Emotional Or Psychiatric Illness

Pat Samples and Tim Hamilton

ISBN 1568380186

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Trauma Recovery and Empowerment: A Clinician’s Guide for Working with Women in Groups

Maxine Harris

ISBN 0684843234

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Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

AA Services

ISBN 0916856291

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Alcoholics Anonymous-Big Book 4th Edition

AA Services

ISBN 1893007178

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