Random Thoughts

Spiritual knowledge is where you find it—in meetings, in conversations with others, in books, even in songs and movies.  Over time I have collected bits of wisdom from here and there. 


None of these ideas are original, although I have fleshed out the thoughts with material from books, the internet, and other sources.  A section of some of these reference sources can be found here.


It’s the principle that counts.  Principles before personalities.  Practice these principles in all our affairs.  The spirit of the idea, not the letter of the law.  Guidelines that are useful in the everyday world.

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The Meaning of the Serenity Prayer

“The Serenity Prayer” was written by Reinhold Niebuhr around 1943 and is used as an opening prayer at AA meetings.  It is not only a spiritual ideal but also a practical tool for everyday life.

Dealing with Grief and Dying in Recovery

It is a life-changing disaster, a hurt that may seem impossible to be rid of.  It’s important that we grieve, but it is just as important that we recover.

or Living in the Moment

Mindfulness is a way to focus on our thoughts and feelings, to understand them, and to take control over them.  It is living in the moment, which is an essential part of serenity.

We are all the Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son is the story of every addict and alcoholic.  If only we had known that our father was standing waiting to welcome us home.

What is Daily Bread? 

Daily bread is really one day at a time on the scale of eternity. It’s not just what we need for our physical bodies—such as food, shelter, heat, and air—but all of our spiritual requirements as well.

Fear and how to deal with it


I thank you for taking away my fear

And replacing it with the faith

That no matter what happens,

Everything will be all right."

A Prayer for Waking Up

A little prayer for rising, and its underlying meaning.


I thank you for waking me up,

Giving me life,

And this wonderful world to live it in.”

The Problem is Addiction

The Answer is Recovery

Text and original photos copyright 2017-2018 by Linville M. Meadows