Motivational Musings

If you keep up with news headlines and are actively involved in social media, you may have noticed that hope seems hard to come by these days. The world often seems to be a cold and uncaring place … but that’s an illusion. Sometimes, we just have to look deeper for the beauty and wonder that life gives us. In recovery, addicts and alcoholics are taught to embrace gratitude, and so every Friday, Cornerstone writer Steve Wildsmith shares his thoughts on everything from current events to the minutiae of life as guided by the principles of the program. It’s a weekly dose of inspiration we call Motivational Musings.

MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Finding the purpose that recovery promises

By Steve Wildsmith | February 21, 2020

The rain was slowly transitioning on Thursday morning as we finished up spiritual, arms around each other as we recited the Serenity Prayer. By this point, even the new guy recites it with the certainty of memory and the fervency of belief. He’s struggling to stay in the moment, the scurrying rats of niggling insurance…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Staying ahead of the ‘Wolves’ that make up the fear of change

By Steve Wildsmith | February 14, 2020

The older I get, the more I don’t like change. I’m sure it’s rooted in a character defect, but I suspect it also has to do with getting older. There are more years behind me than there are in front — I suppose I could live to 98, but I’m not sure I want to…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Learning to take the waves of life as they come

By Steve Wildsmith | January 31, 2020

Maybe it’s because this week’s cold days and gray skies have me longing for summers on the sand, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the ocean this week. Specifically, about surfing. I’ve never been and probably couldn’t do it even if I tried, but it looks like a sport that’s breathtaking, if you’re a…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Choosing the better angels of our nature for 2020

By Steve Wildsmith | January 10, 2020

Hey all. I took some vacation time over the holidays, so I apologize for the radio silence last Friday. But even though we’re 10 days into 2020, and it seems little has changed. The world seems to be on the precipice of disaster, and we’re digging in our heels on every issue under the sun.…

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Outgoing UR Director Dennis Collett finds recovery and a career at Cornerstone

By Steve Wildsmith | December 27, 2019

A NOTE FROM STEVE: It may seem odd to profile an employee who’s retiring, but Dennis Collett isn’t just any employee. He’s one of the longest-tenured members of the Cornerstone family who’s been with the company since 1992, and on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, he’ll officially retire. Cornerstone is more than just a company, however,…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Hope — for the holidays and any day — makes the best gift

By Steve Wildsmith | December 19, 2019

The greatest gift I ever received is the one of hope. It’s an intangible gift; one that can’t be wrapped or torn into on Christmas morning. It’s not fancy or ornate; it has no electronic bells and whistles; it doesn’t entertain for hours on end or provide Internet access or any of the other things…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Remembering that there is still magic out there

By Steve Wildsmith | December 13, 2019

I think it was the snow that dusted the East Tennessee countryside this week, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the ghosts of Christmas past lately. Forty-four years ago, and I’m 4 years old. A tunnel of toys and lights constructed in the old West Town shopping mall — Sears, I think it was…

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MEET THE CORNERSTONE FAMILY: Kimberly Bonta, Director of Ohio operations

By Steve Wildsmith | December 6, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: It may seem odd to spotlight an employee on her last day with the company, but Kimberly Bonta’s work with Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio has been invaluable. She has been, and always will be, family, and while the Ohio operations are shuttered after this week, her legacy with this company will live on, and…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: We’ve got plenty to be thankful for

By Steve Wildsmith | November 22, 2019

We talk a lot about gratitude around here, and for good reason — it’s one of the building blocks of a successful recovery program. There’s a saying in recovery that “a grateful addict will never use,” but I personally believe that gratitude is an essential hearth stone for everyone. Life often feels like it’s dialed…

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MEET THE CORNERSTONE FAMILY: Nathan Blanton, Director of Nursing

By Steve Wildsmith | November 15, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: A few months ago, Cornerstone of Recovery CEO Steve McGrew asked for some thoughts on giving everyone an opportunity to know the organization a little better — specifically, the people. When a company offers a commodity as nebulous as hope and a new way to live, the most valuable resource we have to…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Addiction stole from us; now we’re stealing back

By Steve Wildsmith | November 8, 2019

I took a sick day this week, and I didn’t like it. Some of that, of course, had to do with feeling lousy. It’s just a head cold, and I’m on the back end of it now, but it came with the usual crud: sinuses filled with green cement, body aches, chills, the whole shebang.…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Random acts of kindness go a long way

By Steve Wildsmith | November 1, 2019

Ever have one of those moments where someone from your past crosses your mind unbidden? It happens to me a lot, and often, they’re people I would regard as passing acquaintances or casual friends. I suppose that means those to whom I’m closest are never far from my thoughts, but maybe it’s just a sign…

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