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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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