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Sobriety and Nursing – a Page from my Journal July 15, 2017

Posted by mariemanthey in Inspiration, Manthey Life Mosaic, Nursing Peer Support Network, Professional Practice.
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I just celebrated (June 26) my 39th year of recovery from the disease of alcoholism.   What an awesome experience this life is.

As I reflect on this period of celebrating both my natal birthday ( July 17) and my recovery anniversary, my gratitude just grows and grows.   In so many ways my experience as a nurse and my experience in recovery blend into one wonder-ful life experience.

Just one example of this deep connectivity and unity is that both nursing and recovery open doors to an unlimited opportunity to grow spiritually…to be open to the universe and all the wonders of nature, physics, culture and relationships.  There is no limit to what can be learned in every aspect of living in either recovery or in nursing.  No limit!

Additionally, both stimulate me to practice non-judgmental acceptance of what is….rather than be embroiled in day-to-day disagreements and conflicts.  Both are helping me put into daily life the wonderful question….DO YOU WANT TO BE RIGHT OR DO YOU WANT TO HAVE PEACE? Think about it!

Thank you for all you have and are giving me.


1. Katherine Todd - July 15, 2017

Great reminder Marie on grounding into the present peacefully and by letting go of judgment, thank you! Congratulations on your decision to step into the possibilities 39 years ago, thank you for using your beautiful life to promote positivity and growth in the world!

2. Rebecca Smith - July 17, 2017

Congratulations on 39 years! I wonder if nursing and recovery have one more thing in common. You’re fond of saying that when nursing goes right, “nothing happens” (as in, there is no incident). Same is true for recovery, only the patient is one’s self. Like nurses, those in recovery must continually “assess the patient,” noting changes that could portend trouble, and do what is necessary to maintain health.

Much love to you today and always. Thank you for dedicating your life to supporting others to do and be the best they can be.

mariemanthey - July 17, 2017

Thanks for this insight. Recovery is a lifelong process… and managing it requires careful attention to the way a person chooses to think and feel and act about their life circumstances and experiences.

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