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New Day, Love to Lori

Stand under my umbrella … I walk in the rain not aware I am cold, wet and lonely. I am so wrapped up in myself. I do not realize Lori, my  Love, is standing there dry and warm. She ...

“What To Do When Mr. Disappointment Crashes Your Party” By Miles

On a dark night, recently, I was dismayed to greet Mr. Disappointment, who had come to call on me once again. These days, he often arrives to have a ‘party’ in my heart and mind. Accompanying ...

“Really … What Is Therapy?”

I met a new friend at Jim’s home. Sue is a lovely woman with extensive professional experience in the counseling and psychological fields. She said this to me, and it summed up ...

“Pain Management”

I drank and used to escape the pain I was in but my problems only magnified. As it turns out, the clichés are true: the only way to get over those feelings is to go through them.   Pain ...
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Finding Peace Talking To Others

Sometimes talking with others, whether one person or a group, can create feelings of anxiety. Will they like me? What will they think? Will they judge me? Reject me? Make fun of me? The ...

I Dedicate This To You …

Here is a great quote I read everyday. I dedicate it to you and everyone who is Brave Enough to Live. “Some people are content to settle for less than what life has to offer … “Others ...
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“Hated”

I hated drunks, then I became one. I hated porn, but I eyeballed it. I hated overweight, and I became overweight. I hated the know-it-all, because I knew it all. I hated people who ...

“Break Depression’s Icy Grip”

Recovering addicts may be more susceptible to winter depression. Here’s how to get back into the light. By Steve Diogo For many people, the onset of fall means more than raking leaves ...

Never Need To Forgive Again

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is a characteristic of the strong. But, the “even stronger beings” do not project enemy images in the first place. Therefore they ...
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“Are You An Alcoholic?”

When you ask yourself … when you wonder if you’re an alcoholic … you are. How can I be so bold in coming to this conclusion without personally knowing your individual ...

How To Know Your Path

“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” Lori Swift https://www.brave-enough-to-live.com https://www.facebook.com/Swift.Lori

Renewed Desire For Life Is Born

There will be a time, not so far from now, that you will look back on this phase of your life and instead of condemning it or beating up on it – instead of blaming or guilting ...
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“Walking Through Hell and Finding Your Way Out”

When parents walk through the hell of drinking, drugging, anxiety or depression, they take their children with them. Get help for all of you now. Alcoholism, depression, anxiety and ...

Lori’s Strange Way to Keep Faith

I really like mantras, otherwise known as incantations, affirmations, beliefs or thoughts you keep thinking. Whatever they are called, here are some of my favorites. I write these on ...

Measuring Your Life

I’ve found I can’t measure my life by other people’s ability to love. I measure my life by my ability to love. I realize my life is measured, and my joy is based, ...

What is Depression?

Depression is collapsing deeply into the dark, frightening shadows of myself and not letting any one in. My own world. Only I am allowed in. In depression, I don’t want to look ...

To Be Honest …

No more pretending to be what I am Not. I am what I am. I cannot change the past.  I am sorry for this. I must move on from here and live a life of faith and understanding. I am now ...

New Blog Cards

The new Brave-Enough-To-Live.com business cards will be out November 8, 2012.  We call them “blog cards” instead of business cards. If you would like a stack to hand ...

WHO Urges People To Reveal Depression

On World Mental Health Day (October 10), the World Health Organization (WHO) let it be known that more than 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. But, they say, a stigma ...