Archive for May, 2009

The Numbers are Growing

May 30th, 2009

As most of you know, I co-founded Recovery Coaches International (RCI) in September 1995.  Back then I would walk down to the corner post office here in Santa Monica to retrieve new memberships and dues, make deposits at my local bank and balance the books by hand.  Since that time the energy, efforts and momentum have grown substantially.

This year we’re establishing ourselves as a recognized non-profit entity as we move in the direction of organizing and expanding our vision.  We also have a devoted team of officers and Board of Directors as  RCI continues to be a dynamic grassroots organization finding its bigger voice throughout our country and beyond.

Last month we formalized our growing database and put out invitations to become part of our community as members and/or supporters.  I’m super excited about the formation of a quarterly ezine which I’ll be coordinating, and we continue to look for ways of collectively spreading the word while educating others about the benefits of coaching those in any stage of addiction recovery.

I welcome all of you to learn more about us and become a part of this movement so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or just want to compare notes.

Feeling the Earth Move

May 18th, 2009

Last night we had a relatively small earthquake here in Southern California, and no matter how many of them I’ve experienced, it always feels like a stark reminder of the power, magnificence and unpredictability of our planet.  As a result, the delicate nature of life and mortality also comes into clearer focus. When I visited Kilauea last summer (the active volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii), I was awestruck, and in a smaller way, the earthquake also takes me into the wonder of nature and falsifies the idea that somehow we have any control over our environment.

After 21 years of living in Los Angeles and witnessing every imaginable natural disaster, I’ve grown to believe that these so-called tragedies are part of the natural evolution of the earth, and we simply chose to develop this metropolis in a highly-vulnerable region.  By choosing to settle here, I choose to live with the earth moving from time to time, the wildfires raging every fire season, the mudslides often following the fires and sometimes flooding when an “El Niño” year is upon us.

Accepting life on life’s terms and making informed choices based on these factors is often the best we can do.  So if you feel the Earth move beneath you, just remember that it’s a reminder of being alive and  another chance to take stock of what really matters.