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We need a Recovery Revolution

We Need a 12 Step Recovery Revolution
by BagheadSponsor
Man. We need a revolution! Now, adjust your underoos a little– I’m not
interested in changing anything. As a matter of fact, when I say
“revolution” I’m actually talking about the definition as follows (from my
handy dashboard widget) “rev•o•lu•tion : an instance of revolving ° the
single completion of an orbit or rotation. ” I’m talking about taking it
back to the old school, yo! I wanna learn from my elders! You?
There’s just something about talking with someone who has years of
experience in an area of life that is important to me. There is something
reassuring about taking guidance from someone who has what I want, because
I know that if I do what they do, I will get what they have. There’s
something comforting about knowing that the person I’m listening to has
been around long enough to see the results of certain actions and
decisions come to full fruition… or not.
Honestly, I’m really blessed. My spiritual advisor in my 12 step program
of choice (of which I may or may not be a member) has almost 30 years of
sobriety, and at any moment I can get in touch with people who have a
multitude of years off the sauce/junk to guide me. But, truth be told…
even I have had a difficult time, at times in my recovery, finding someone
who I really felt I could trust with certain important issues and/or for
whom I had respect. I’m not only thinking of myself here– I have 18+
years off the junkage and a pretty good idea of how to push through the
more common life challenges if I’m in a pickle. But, I have a great
concern for my fellows way out there in the boonies, trying to get
sober, whose only hope of keeping their head screwed on straight (or
screwed on at all) is talking to somebody else who’s just as cray-cray as
they are! I guess it works out okay in many cases. But, I have always been
told to seek out people who had what I wanted… What about the people out
there who don’t have access to anyone who has what they want? I say they
need access to the old-timers who have something worth sharing. I say I
should also get that access. And, I say you should get that access, too!
Truly, we are fortunate to have some solid literature in our various 12
step programs– I’m a full proponent of reading all of it and I think the
vast majority of answers to life’s conundrums can be found in there. I can
prove that I think that by sharing with you this music
video I made called It’s In The Book
. You should watch it because
it’s pretty awesome. But let’s get real here, people– nothing beats a
good ole’ fashioned one to one Q and A session with an old-timer!
I mean, am I the only person who worries about taking “sage” advice from
people who are just making sh*t up on the fly? Seriously– good
intentioned or not, it’s made up. I want to hear the facts of someone’s
experience. I want to know how things turned out. I want to hear about
trends in recovery and things that did and did not work! I want to hear
what the old-timers have to say! Shoot, I want to hear what the old
timers in London and Paris and Tenney, MN (that’s the smallest town in
America) have to say on important issues! Are you with me on this?
Okay, good. You’ve convinced me! I’m going to get something together,
then, for all of us. A revolution, if you will. I think I’ll call it
Revolution #1. I’ll let you know when I need your help. (You think I’m
kidding!) If you want to know more about what I’m planning over here, or
you already know that you want to help out with the Revolution #1, you
should email me and get on board. We’d love to have you!
Until then, here’s some sage advise from a girl with a bag for a head: Go
grab an old-timer and get as much of their experience under your cap as
possible! That’s what I do, every other Thursday at 11:30… and it can’t
be beat!
Until next time– don’t drink, drug, or try to off yourself!
Xoxo, BagheadSponsor

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A serious note from the girl behind the bag

OH. MY. GOODNESS. It has been a while! And, that’s precisely what this here note is all about– to let you know what’s up with the show. This message is straight from my heart to your heart… with love and gratitude for your support. So, here’s the dealio… (For those of you who are very busy and important, like myself, I have put the key ideas in bold below. You’re very welcome. xoxo, BagheadSponsor)

* GITTERDONE: LIKE THE BAGHEADSPONSOR.COM PAGE And then share it on your wall… because that’s fun!

* WHAT’S UP: We’re asking for Divine inspiration & intuitive thought, pausing when agitated, and taking it easy. We’re taking stock. And, we’re taking a break so that we can keep rolling.

My promise to myself and to the show and to all of you guys is that BagheadSponsor will always, always, always be about service– it will always be true, it will always be awesome, it will always have integrity and courage and faith built in to everything we do– everything. Recently I had noticed that I was starting to get pretty stressed out (running the show– literally and figuratively) trying to figure out how to “make it work” with the money part. It quickly became clear that “another bulldozing power drive” (that’s from Language of the Heart) was not what was in order… but that having faith, stepping back and taking inventory of what we’ve accomplished and where we want to go, what’s missing, what would make a difference, etc. is actually what is in order. In other words… a break… with intention. So, that’s what we’re doing! Don’t you worry— our guidance is to “pause when agitated”– not to “stop forever when agitated.” There is SO much more to create– dvds, more videos, books, workbooks, articles– all kinds of stuff. And, the right answers will come.

* WHY: Cash money. And this is not an email asking you for money. One of the main reasons for this break is to determine how to fund and sustain our future, because the savings is gone.

The truth is that it’s time to get real about the financial situation. We have not found a way, yet, that fully aligns with the vision of BagheadSponsor and that has full integrity, that also brings in the resources to sustain it. (Aside from the incredibly generous gifts from some of you, which we are eternally grateful for! We are also so grateful to Origins, who sponsored 4 amazing episodes!) We have had many conversations about ways to sustain the site and have yet to come up with a workable solution. I believe we will find one. It’s not going to take much, either, so it’s just a matter of waiting for the next door (or window) to open. It is now, standing in the hallway, that I am reminding myself of our tried and true unofficial slogan– Don’t Quit Before the Miracle!

* WHO WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR: This list is incredibly long.

YOU, for your support. And because there are so many of you who make a difference, and there’s only so much available bandwidth when sending emails, I will narrow it down to a few people who have been absolutely instrumental in our progress so far: Big G, Eileen P., Gary L. (Captain Z), Chris R, Ben L & Dawn at Origins, Sue C., Mikey BigBook, the two Gregs at RecoveryToday (you can read our articles there each month!), George at The Right Step, Mark the meditation teacher, my dad, Kerri C., Steph S., Todd S., all of our special guests, & the many of you who have checked in with us to see how we’re doing and to tell us that you miss us. I’d also like to thank the person who invented the internet.

* WHAT WE’VE DONE WELL, THAT IS OF SERVICE, AND THAT WE CAN BE PROUD OF: We have created an amazing show and the beginnings of something that will truly continue to make a difference

22 Phenomenal videos– funny, poignant, and awesome. In those webisodes, there were a few stand-out performances and materials. Among them:Don’t Knit in Meetings: The Music Video/ Mediation: YES! with Mark Williams, the meditation teacher / Music Video: I Found the Way / Episode: Powerlessness!/ Episode: Telling it Like it Is with Chris R. / Music Video: You Don’t Have to Dress Like a Slut to Be Loved / Music Video: It’s In The BOOK! / Music Video: The Bill W. Techno Mix (Spiritual Experience) / and we were on ELLEN! (superimposed, yes. but that makes it no less real in the world of digital media, with the exception of the lack of reciprocation.) We’ve also created a ton of additional resources, like the free week of the daily inventory workbook and a bunch of articles. We’ve followed suggestions, done things prayerfully and with pure motives, and one of our most important accomplishments is that, in the midst of fear, we were able to stay true to the show and true to the mission of BagheadSponsor by ending a business relationship with a potential investor when it became clear that the arrangement would lack integrity. This is a real accomplishment. Truly. And it is a leap of faith, which I believe will be blessed by BIG G!

* WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE OF SERVICE, SHOULD YOU SO CHOOSE: KEEP COMING BACK and PLEASE spread the word about the site! Share this page, Like this page– Love it, actually. Love it.

The site is still up and available, and it will continue to be as we get our act together. While we are taking a breather, feel free to click around the shows, music videos, and articles on the site www.BagheadSponsor.com– there are just so many to choose from! Watch, read, laugh, and we would be most appreciative if you’d do what you do with the good ole’ Facebook and such– like the videos, like our FB page, post it on your wall, share it, send emails out to your friends, telling them about how much you love the show and encouraging them to visit the site, etc. In other words, spread the word to your friends, sponsors and sponsees– anybody you think would like it– and if you’re not already hooked up with us, you can do that below my signature. That’s fun!

Until the cameras start rolling again, the inspired ideas are rolling– and that’s worth a million bucks.
In love, gratitude and service… We’ll be in touch soon.
And, hey… Enjoy the show!
xoxo,
BagheadSponsor
*Don’t drink, drug, or try to off yourself.

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yo! thanks for visiting the site! please enjoy exploring tons of great videos and articles and pictures and…. well, shoot, we got a ton of stuff for ya! we are currently taking an ever-so-very small break from production to sort a few things out… don’t you worry; we’ll be back in a flash! xoxo, BagheadSponsor

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