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Inspired Socializing

"We dined on Red Pepper stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce, which is in my cookbook “Soulful Helpings”, found in chapter 5 the Heart of the Matter."

My idea of socializing and having relationships during my days as a practicing alcoholic was spending as much time with my best friend as was humanly possible. That friend was unconditionally always there for me, never judged me and almost killed me before our relationship ended. Alcoholism makes one paranoid and fearful, which leads to a desolate and lonely existence.

Thankfully, in recovery I was able to find a level of spirituality that helped me overcome my feelings of separateness. The fellowship I was able to find in the rooms of AA connected me in a way I had never experienced before. It was refreshing to share my feelings with others who had a common purpose and were sincerely happy to see me.

Today, I value the levels of socializing that are open to me, and understand their importance. Holidays and events that dot the calendar are great occasions to celebrate our families and friends. This Halloween I was blessed to be able to bake up a few treats with my girlfriend’s girls -- we rocked to music, laughed and licked the chocolate from our fingers. I left with my heart full thinking to myself the day I stop listening to children is the day my world will stop evolving.

The next weekend my husband and I hosted a Halloween party for some dear friends.They had no connection to each other and their only common denominator was our friendship, so of course they arrived with a case of dinner-party performance anxiety. Admit it, we have all had this happen to us at some point in our lives.

'We enrich ourselves as we all share something.'

All the guests were great storytellers whether they were extroverts or introverts. I watched with contentment as they talked, laughed, shared and listened to each other creating good memories and learning life skills whether they realized it or not. Technology has reduced the need for face-to-face interaction, and gatherings with friends often become fewer and farther between. This is sad, because socializing is where you can meet new people, exchange ideas, argue beliefs, while still learning about each other.

'We enrich ourselves as we all share something.' Despite our many differences, we are still very alike at some level.

We dined on Red Pepper stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce, which is in my cookbook “Soulful Helpings”, found in chapter 5 the Heart of the Matter.

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