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A New Horizon…

A New Horizon…

A New Horizon…


Is this corny? Because I don’t feel corny. I feel hopeful and I think this is a sunset, not a sunrise and sunsets are less cheesy than sunrises, somehow – there’s a bit of melancholy…


Now – Bring me that horizon…” ― Jack Sparrow


I was going through some old photographs on my computer yesterday, and I came upon a snippet of video, taken on my boat in the Exumas. It appears to be a mistake – a butt dial or the push of the wrong button and it is excruciatingly short, but it brought back a flood of fond memories.

Looking forward…

After the weekend I spent feeling sorry for myself, I was searching for an image that would represent “looking forward” with hope. Yesterday was a great day and I wanted to write a post about moving on – rallying after a meltdown. What better metaphor is there than a boat, heading out on a new adventure, looking at the horizon and not the wake?




I am amazed at the human being’s ability to rally. I  am awed every day by those who write to me, facing hardship, fear, temptation, sorrow and the jackboot of discouragement. As we go forward on this journey (some of us with the added burden of craving another drink) all we can do is look forward.

Facing fear…

I’d like to say, “Without fear,” but that’s not it, is it? It is not the lack of fear, but the facing of fear that makes us strong. Makes us who we are – and looking forward at the horizon, not the wake…


“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt


Today I’m not drinking because I am setting sail.


How come you’re not drinking?

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Comments (8)

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    Mar 24, 2015

    You are absolutely correct. We must all face down our fears, look into the eye of the giant, in order to conquer.
    I call this Jack’s scripture( its even on his senior page from HS) but I use it regularly myself;

    2 Timothy1:7
    For God has not given you a spirit of fear,but of power and of love and of a sound mind

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    Mar 24, 2015

    How come you're not drinking?
    because i have to sail
    To pay taxes, bills take care of stuff 🙂
    Thanks Marilyn!

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    Mar 24, 2015

    “The facing of fear that makes us strong.” I love these words and I really needed to read these last two days posts. I thought I was the only one. I still crave a drink too. I have been trying so hard and actually went to my first AA meeting. My husband would not go in with me but he did wait in the car and drive me there. For him that was huge. Marilyn thank you for being in my corner quietly just feeding me information. I have felt so lucky to know you are such an open book. Nick has been my biggest supporter and pushed me this week to the AA meeting. He was right, it was exactly what I needed. Thank you both so much. I hope I am facing my fears because I want to be stronger.

    • Marilyn
      Mar 24, 2015

      You go girl. I am very proud of you and so glad you have Nick in your corner too. And your husband driving you to AA – that makes me tear up a bit – so happy you have the support and love. It’s all we really need. Feel free to write any time and if you’d like a more private forum, write to me at: marilyn32082@hotmail.com
      Love to you and keep the faith – we are all struggling with SOMETHING…

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    Evie and Ellie
    Mar 24, 2015

    Marilyn, this is Ellie and Evie. I have something to tell you. “ To reach a port we must set sail- sail, not tie at anchor sail, not drift” M, we are on the boat now and sailing forward. I think we may finally be done drifting. M, I am only looking at the horizon. I am fearful, but I will face my fears with Evie and Dad. M we are going home; to my house with my dad and just the 3 of us. Did my dad tell you yet? Now both Evie and I are crying. Marilyn can you tell Kim I think her prayers and your prayers worked? This essay was perfect and made me cry. Evie is printing it out to take to school tomorrow and share it. This is my new favorite quote and my favorite poem was Kim’s. Did my dad tell you I save poems and quotes all the time? He started this with us . Thank you for helping us. I hope this does not mean we cannot be friends any more. I am so happy I just feel overwhelmed. Secrets, promises, and love always…and …always Love, Ellie and Evie

    • Marilyn
      Mar 24, 2015

      Ellie: I am at Kim’s house as I read this and we are both crying too. I am so happy. Do you know what empathy means? It means feeling WITH someone. That is how I feel right now – I am feeling with you and Evie and your dad. Setting sail can be scary, you do not know where you will end up, but the journey – the glorious journey is worth it. I promise you that.

      You are wise to be a bit fearful. Fear keeps you on your toes – but don’t let it stop you from embracing this phase of your life with everything you’ve got! I will think of you on Friday (and every day if the truth be known) and feel with you as you are back where you belong. With your family.

      Please know Ellie, that I am available to talk any time. And you will be my special (secrets, promises) friend as long as you’d like me to be. Love to you and Evie and I feel like I just might burst with happiness for you all. Smooth sailing. Love,Marilyn

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    Mar 24, 2015

    Dear Evie and Ellie,
    As M said, I am crying with joy for you and your Dad. M and Mrs. Waller have been amazing advocates for you, but you two really are warrior princesses! I will continue to pray for you , may it be much smoother sailing from now on!

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