Friday, December 30, 2011

The Raven And Coyote

The Raven And Coyote

Raven looks at her,
old coyote in the warming
snow that clogs the pads
of her cold cold feet.

Coyote ignores raven, her
one eye on the trail.
I know she hears me,
the click of the camera.
She ignores me too.

Raven keeps one eye on
me even though she is high
up that naked tree.

February 7, 2010 1:51 PM

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

Melody Beattie is the author of Codependent No More, published in 1987 by the Hazelden Foundation. The book was successful and influential within the self-help movement, selling over eight million copies and introducing the word codependent to the general public.

Following the success of Codependent No More, Beattie authored over a dozen other books, including Beyond Codependency and The Language of Letting Go. Her most recent book is Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want, published in 2010. Several of her books have been published in other languages.

Similar to the work of Bill W. and Alcoholics Anonymous five decades earlier, Beattie's early work synthesizes psychoanalytic theory (especially object relations and the work of Heinz Kohut, Wilfrid Bion, and Otto Kernberg) into language people can easily grasp and use. In Codependent No More, Beattie also functioned as a popularizer of science, especially the work of psychiatrist Timmen Cermak, author of Diagnosing and Treating Co-Dependence.

Interested in what Melody might have to say to you?
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  1. Heh heh. Serendipitous post. I ordered it yesterday. I've got work to do.

  2. beattie was a big part of my early years in AA and Al-Anon. thanks for this insightful commentary and for the lovely poem.
    and happy new year.

  3. Often I say, "Wiki says..." I should have here too. Melody has a strong presence on line, her own website and such as well as all the sites out there who link to her and all that, selling books, etc.

    I remember a guy I knew in local AA who got into recovery stuff, a guy named Stanley. He met up with Melody in the early days and promoted her here in Portland, hung out with her doing all that. As for me, I never did hook up with Melody...after my time in ACOA. I was with Claudia Black, Sharon Wegschieder-Cruz, Jane wife organized a gathering (for professionals mostly as she was a social worker) and I got a chance to meet them.

    That was mid-eighties. Bradshaw showed up on our scene a little later but pretty much the same time.


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