We are so much more than we think ourselves to be. We walk in the midst of grace and glory, yet our minds see misery. Great success does not come from a list of accomplishments. It does not come from money, possessions or power. It comes from listening to our hearts, our instincts, and most of all, our God. It comes from loving ourselves with all of our defects. It comes when we lay down weapons and offer assistance. We must cease defending, denying, offending, and prejudging. Compassionate caring, dignity, grace, humility, and understanding-that is what we should be extending. In the end, all that matters is how well we have loved ourselves, others, this earth, and the Creator of it all. Our ignorance of this larger truth costs us untold suffering. It is the test of this life to meet pain with understanding, exchange fears for faith, and know that we are continually nurtured by what we cannot see. This is the greater reality. Mary Cook”
—Grace Lost and Found
I have a Master's degree in psychology, and am a registered addiction specialist with over 35 years of clinical practice and 29 years of University teaching. My private practice provides telephone & office counseling, workshops, in-service training,...