As a collector of quotes, I am moved by a brief turn of phrase that moves me to a place of inquiry. One that often reminds me to listen more intently to someone with differing views is:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. Rumi

So it is that I bring you these essays from those suffering with the disease of addiction. The first, “A Way Out” was written by my son. The others were written by others who live on with this disease. I thank them for their willingness to share their thoughts through this forum. May we all be more enlightened, softened and compassionate for their gifts of insight.

Here are a few other quotes for your perusal:

My failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent. Ulysses Grant
Writing is easy; all you do is sit before the typewriter and slice open a vein.
Bless those who challenge us to grow, to stretch, to move beyond the knowable, to come back home to our elemental and essential nature. Bless those who challenge us for they remind us of doors we have closed and doors we have yet to open. They are big medicine teachers for us. Navajo saying

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