“Once an alcohlic, always an alcoholic.” (Pg. 33T BB)
“Pickled!” Most people in program know and understand that once we are pickled, there is no turning back!
“Many do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person”. (AA Big Book xiii) This is also true for the compulsive overeater. We don’t get over a real eating disorder; we don’t get cured, just recovered. It’s sort of like going into remission for the Cancer patient. We make a beginning when we stop the binge eating or other compulsive behaviors related to an eating disorder. We get recovered through the spiritual kit of tools called the “Twelve steps of recovery“. But many remain pickled for an extended period of time. In light of that, you may want to ask yourself the question, ‘What kind of pickle am I?’
Again and again, I experience mountain tops with God where I’m so happy, joyous and free!
But then, the valleys roll in, periods of being blocked which feel more like a clogged emotional drain pipe. How do I get back to the high places? Is it just Prayer that gets me there? What happens if my prayers are blocked? What if it’s hard to pray? Why is it hard to go to God and tell Him what’s bothering me, give Him my struggles? Is it my ego? Is it my self-reliance? I hate that I need God, You or anybody! I feel vulnerable in admitting “need” as apposed to pulling up my boot straps!
Dear Paul and Leslie Spell of Northern Alabama,
In response to your contest and a place to live my dream, I submit this explanation of why turning your home and life work over to me and my family would be a worthy act of kindness to many! As the 12 step recovery page on the website, sallyatari.com, explains, I have had a life long struggle with obesity and more honestly, an eating disorder. Three years ago I learned about a spiritual solution and God has done for me what I could never do for myself.
I never liked my name! I’m sorry to say this out loud, Dad, as I know I was named after you, ‘Salvatore’. There were so many Uncle Sal’s in my family and in my childhood. Of course, there were sweet Sally’s like Charlie Browns’ sister, Sally. And then there is my favorite children’s’ book, “Blueberries for Sal”. (I don’t remember “Silly Sally…”, a book many friends like to bring up! Do you remember the readers we learned to read from, the stories of Dick and Jane and Sally? What a privilege to see my name in writing as a child. Now, what are the odds that my name is also in the AA Big Book? “As ex-problem drinkers, we smile at such a Sally. We know our friend is like a boy whistling in the dark.” (BB Pg.152) And your point is? I must pause here to say, I do like the expression: “Sally Forth!” That makes me smile.
How is it that I have lived on this planet for over 50 years and never knew that Otters were so cute, that they go to sleep holding hands with another otter because they sleep on their backs and float around in water and so that they don’t lose their loved one, they sleep holding hands with each other. I knew that wild horses were beautiful, that penguins can be shy and stand facing away from crowds with their face up as if sun bathing, that whales bang on the water to call the fish to the surface so that they can dive down into the water and come up to the surface and scoop the fish up in their mouths. But I never knew that otters were so adorable! This has led to an important question, ‘What else don’t I know?’ Clearly, there is much to learn about animals and nature and I know a great place to start; The library! I’ve been a big fan of the library since my kids were little. Documentaries are a great way to learn.
And did you know that raccoons could dance and tumble? Or that they could be a pet? I always thought they were dangerous and carried rabies (and they can be and if infected, do carry rabies!) And did you know that President Coolidge and his wife had a pet raccoon named ‘Rebecca’? Or that raccoons can run up to 15 mph and that they can be aggressive (unless sick) during mating season? Their fingers are so ‘nimble’ they can untie shoe laces and unlatch a gate or refrigerator and pick up a thin dime. Raccoons are so smart! – They have a large array of vocalizations. They purr, whistle, growl, hiss, scream and even whinny. I’m surprised by these facts because I have always been afraid of raccoons and seeing a presidents wife holding her pet raccoon, Rebecca, and seeing this family (please watch the video) laughing and enjoying their pet raccoon opens my eyes to all the possibilities.
Did you know that scorpions can hold their breath for up to six days? And that grizzly bears can run as fast as a horse? Did you know that there are pink dolphins in the ocean?