Z’s Wonderland


The Fruit of Love By Z Zoccolante   “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” – Galatians 5:22-23   I’m going to write about these things for the next few weeks, starting with LOVE.   The Bible verse above was one I heard as a kid. Growing up in Hawaii, I’d picture all kinds of tropical fruits in the garden, all these ways in which trees show...

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Color Outside the Lines By Z Zoccolante   As kids, we’re taught to keep our crayons in the lines. We’re taught to stay in our lanes. We’re taught acceptable things to say or ways to be. We’re taught external boundaries.   There’s an exercise that’s conducted with people from America and kids from villages in Africa. There’s a piece of paper with 9 dots in a square pattern. The goal to connect all the dots using 4 straight...

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The Power of the Words “I Am” By Z Zoccolante This week I’ve been reading a book that reminded me once again that our words have power. As someone in the psychology/recovery field I know that the things we say to ourselves become the most important voice we will hear because it’s with us the most. Most of us have an unkind, critical voice that tells us when we aren’t living up to our standard or someone...

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Courage is a Little Like a Rat By Z Zoccolante   When people talk about courage they sometimes post pictures of lions, majestic and silent, standing astute as the wind blows through their manes. Some say that courage doesn’t always roar, that it can be that little voice that says let’s try again tomorrow.   Whenever we attempt something in life that matters it takes courage. We tend to talk about courage in huge ways but...

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Healthy Habits for Individuals in Recovery Guest Post by Molly Anderson Substance addiction has many treatments, but no matter how you choose to find a sober path, it’s important to remember that finding healthy habits — and creating healthy routines in order to maintain them — is also an imperative part of recovery.   Living sober is a lifelong commitment, and in many cases, it’s a lifelong job that you must work hard at...

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The Kindness of Strangers By Z Zoccolante   Ani DiFranco, whose music has gotten me through many rough periods of my life, has a song titled 32 flavors. In it, she has a line that says, “Both my parents taught me about goodwill and I have done well by their names. Just the kindness I’ve lavished on strangers is more than I can explain.” – Ani DiFranco   Kindness is something that can be misunderstood. It can often be seen as...

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