Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Monday Thoughts 02/11/2019

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.” ~~Harriet Tubman

 “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” ~~Jim Rohn

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~~Leo Buscaglia

Statement #6
  Life can be ordinary or it can be great.
Greatness is mine by a conscious effort.

Recently, I received my DNA history and it’s proving to be a fascinating look back in time. Contemplating the lives my grandparents lived, it is heartwarming to think of how love changed the course of their worlds and subsequently, mine. Who knew Statement #7 could fit so beautifully into a double stranded helix?

On page 22 of our Program Booklet it states, “Love and caring can be difficult for women with drug and alcohol problems. We may close ourselves off from others, physically and emotionally. We are afraid to trust, give or receive love.” With the clarity that sobriety and recovery bring, we can create a sturdy foundation for love to flourish and grow.

Past relatives could not have anticipated life as it is today, yet our keynote speaker from our annual WFS conference a couple years ago enlightened us with the knowledge that our actions today can affect the next seven generations. Incredible. This is a very powerful image which cements how vital love is in our everyday lives. It feels comforting to know the love I give and receive today has far reaching implications. Love does change the course of the world, today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

Hi 4C Women,
Self-love certainly changed the course of my world. It is amazing to me how I survived with the self-loathing I carried inside. My greatest need was acceptance and my greatest fear was rejection. I felt unworthy, unlovable and inadequate. When I first learned about WFS, I finally understood why I drank to numb those self-inflicting negative thoughts about who I was and what I had to offer the world. I had pretended a lot and that was such a burden. I didn't realize that until I quit drinking, started practicing the WFS Statements and became my authentic self. Redefining the definition of me, allowed love to fill the emptiness I carried in my soul. It truly was a metamorphosis - the caterpillar becoming a butterfly. I was free and the many, many years of hating myself, feeling stupid and accepting whatever I felt I deserved, which was little, I finally experienced the gift of love. 

Being a moderator has taught me a lot about caring for others. It has been and continues to be the most rewarding time of my life to be able to give and receive caring, encouraging support from the women I have met through WFS. It has enhanced my recovery in ways I can hardly define with its positive impact on my sobriety. When I feel myself doubting my worth, I reflect on the brave women who have walked through the doors to a meeting or registered online, knowing I have been privileged to share in their decision to change their lives and pay it forward. That is self-love, loving others and showing caring in a powerful way. It lifts my spirit each time. Self care builds self esteem. Self-forgiveness opens he door to receiving love. How do you express your caring for others and for yourself? How has love changed the course of your world? Have you accepted who you are right now, today? What words would you use to describe yourself? Who is part of your caring circle?

Bonded in accepting that love can change the course of our world and caring is all important.  
4C WFS Member
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Women and Girls Help Advance Science and Inspire Others

NIDA for Teens: Advancing Addiction Science

Celebrate Women and Girls in Science and Help All Students Find Scientific Inspiration

Did you know that only about two of every five full-time scientists and engineers in the United States are women? This week, we celebrate the achievements of women and girls in science, including some of our own recent female Addiction Science Award winners, who make up more than half—10 out of 17—of the winners from the past 5 years. Our top winners in 2018 were two young women from Utah who used artificial intelligence to determine that some opioid overdose deaths in their state might have been suicides.

The work of women and girls in science matters. And NIDA has resources to help all of your students get excited about science. Every May, the Addiction Science Award is given to three outstanding projects on the topic of addiction science during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The ISEF gives students a chance to direct their own learning by doing. It’s the perfect platform to support and showcase the value of science and project-based learning for future academic success.

As we have kept in touch with the award winners over time, we’ve learned that even if these young people don’t enter the scientific field as part of their career, simply learning about the scientific process has helped them find success in many other types of careers.

Encouraging students to participate and getting them excited about the work ahead begins with a project that is stimulating and evidence-based. Our Addiction Science Award Teacher’s Guide can help you guide students toward ideas that allow them to choose a project that inspires them.
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You can also fill out our Feedback Form to let us know what other resources you would like to see or any other recommendations you may have.

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