Friday, March 22, 2013


Caring passionately about something
isn't against nature, and it isn't against
human nature. It's what we're here to do.

Annie Dillard

Oh, this is a Friday that I never thought would get here.  It's been a rough, rough week.  Sometimes I wonder if I can hold out until July.  It is getting so busy. So stressful.  I cannot wait until retirement rolls around.  They are taking clients now who are much more unstable than those we took in the past, and clients who are really not appropriate for our type of program.  In my opinion, we are doing them a disservice, but it is all about the numbers now.  Numbers bring in the cash, and cash has now become more important than what is best for the client.  Sad, but true.

The Scintilla question for the day is:

Sometimes we wish that we could hit the rewind button. Talk about an experience that you would do over if you could.

Actually, I believe that everything in my life happened for a reason.  It was meant to be.  My life was not an easy one, but lessons had to be learned.  But, if I were to choose ONE experience it would be that first day I lit a cigarette because I wanted to be a part of the cool crowd.  If I knew then what I know now, it may have been a different story. Notice I say 'may'.  That is because I see teenagers today lighting up, and they are all well educated on the dangers of I guess we all do what we are meant to do.

In my opinion, addiction was something I came into this lifetime to learn how to deal with.  I also believe that had I not learned my lesson in this lifetime, I was doomed to come back to suffer the pain of addiction in another lifetime.

Reminder. Tomorrow should be the day my interview is published on
That's what I had been told and what an amazing coincidence that it was to be published on my birthday.  What are the odds on that?  

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  May joy fill your every moment.  See you on Monday. 


  1. Sad to say, but I watched my mom die of lung cancer in my house. Did that make me stop? Hell no.
    Years later, I did.


  2. Happy Birthday tomorrow, Mary! Enjoy yourself! I'll pop over and read your interview then.

  3. Mary, I hope you'll have a magnificent Birthday tomorrow!!!



  4. Have a Wonderfully Magic Birthday Mary!!!

    Thank You for the very thoughtful post today...I hope you have a great time this weekend. :)


  5. Smoking they say is one of the most terrible addictions to give up in terms of succeeding so good for you!

    Happy Birthday Mary. May this birthday year bring you sweet peace and happiness.

  6. Wishing you a wonderful
    birthday filled with love
    and family.

    Thank you for letting us
    know when the interview is.
    I am excited for you.

    I will be there to read it
    as soon as I can.

    Hang in there Mary only a
    little more to go and your
    life will be your own.

    You can feed your creative
    side without the pull of
    that job and all the stress
    associated with it.

    I am happy for you.

    hugs Sharon

  7. With George's days off changed Friday was here really quick and I am so lost. You are so right about smoking, but you also know that you can not tell anyone anything, no matter if the facts are staring them right in the face. I don't even try any more. Wishing you a tranquil and fun weekend my friend! Love you!


  8. Seeing that today, Mary, is now March 23, 2013 . . . I'm wishing you a Happy Birthday on this day my friend, and many more to come!!!



  9. Happy Birthday! Hope it's a peaceful, magical one XO

  10. Happy Birthday Mary,

    I go to read your interview this morning and there were some pretty tough questions being

    I think you held your own very well and you made the intelligent choice to simply avoid some of
    tricky questions by replying No, good for you.

    I am so proud of you.

    Gosh everything in your life is changing and you are embracing each transition with an open heart.

    good for you.

    loving thoughts