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Having Faith

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Happy Summer!

Faith - the complete trust or confidence in someone or something- is a crucial element for serenity, and being self-employed.  For me, this includes the faith in abundance- an abundance of clients, an abundance of financial resources, and an abundance of  peer/mentor support. A great challenge over the years.

Being taught to see through the lens of scarcity- especially when it came to money- made me skeptical that the 9th step promise “fear of financial insecurity will leave us” would ever come true for me. After completing steps 4-9 several times and running my own business for many years, I now know in my “kishkas” that I am taken care of and always will be. There is abundance and when I least expect it, the phone will ring or an opportunity of some sort will present itself.

So it is, with the venture I have been working on for the past three years- that of expanding my international training and consulting business. It has been quite a ride, let me tell you. The ride has included writing the book I have envisioned for over 20 years and thought I could produce very quickly. I also thought I would be traveling the globe on a regular basis by now, enlightening professionals world-wide. We all know the saying, “we plan and God/ The Universe laughs.”

The truth is, my dream is happening. It’s just, at this moment, not exactly as I had pictured.

About 8 weeks ago I hit a wall and returned to my fundamental prayer “please show me how you want me to be of service.” Well, the next morning at my 12-step home group meeting, I found myself reading aloud, with a wide smile and inside chuckle, “Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.” Never a coincidence. I was faithfully and humbly reminded of how I am of maximum service. Keep it simple, sweetheart.

And, after asking a few colleagues for help,  I received this phone call: “Hi Adena, we are looking for a program director at the start-up IOP I am working at. I am wondering if you are interested. I would love to have you here.”

So, faith shows itself again-there’s that phone call and opportunity!

Now the Clinical Program Director for Rincon Recovery Intensive Outpatient Services here in Tucson, I am collaborating with incredibly seasoned professionals to create the adult substance abuse/trauma treatment program I have always wanted. Excitement, gratitude and humility are my companions.

Please join us at our open house, Wednesday, July 26, 530-730 p.m., where you can meet the staff,  get more information about the program, and participate in my presentation - “Covert Emotional Incest: A Gateway to Addiction.” There will be delicious hors d’oeuvres! (presentation is 6-7:15 p.m.)

Another time to meet our staff and find out more about the program is at the SAZ listserve meet-and-greet on Friday, August 18, 530-730 p.m., at the Aloft hotel - (1900 E. Speedway) Speedway and Campbell Ave.

Like us on Facebook and call me with any questions. We are currently accepting men 25 + for sober living and IOP, and starting a weekly women’s group focusing on empowerment and healthy intimacy. Our website will be up and running very soon.

I commit to keep you posted on our progress. Thank you so much for your support.


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Ponder This:

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
- Khalil Gibran

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