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2017 WINTER ISSUE | CHOICES 11

benefit to this, although in the long run this is a preventive measure taken that is beneficial to my well-being and has become my ‘instrument of peace’. In a world of mindfulness and awareness there is joy. Joy is the success of being in the moment. Happiness seems to come in certain moments of happenings in the outside world. That, to be sure, is a treasure to remember as is a photo taken of a special person and time. Yet, to feel joy in what I do for others and myself is the proverbial ‘inside job’. Honesty in everyday life can be embarrassing and difficult, yet when we share our pains and joys, we receive genuine appreciation from others that they have us in their lives. And to me, that is truly living.

SUCCESS To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debra Whittam is a licensed therapist in Pittsburgh, PA who is also in Recovery. She specializes in untreated mental illness, untreated addiction and unacknowledged grief. Running groups as well as doing individual work with her clients, Debra encourages others with her humor as well as her vulnerabilities. While Debra lives in Pittsburgh, she also has a cottage in the Adirondacks and spends time in Paris.

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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