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Jun 19th, 2019 at 9:24:19 am

tcr! · 7 days ago

It seems as if there are almost too many things that we’ll never get over.

We just learn to live with them.

#lettherebehope

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tam.the.terrible · 7 days ago

We just have to try to not let those moments define us!

tcr! tcr! · 6 days ago

Definitely. For me, part of learning how to live with whatever thing means not letting it define who I am on a substantial level. But I can learn from it and maybe be a little bit nicer to the next guy or react a little differently in a similar situation. Fingers crossed 🀞😊

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fivewayrack fivewayrack · 7 days ago

Wise words. I understand that now more than ever.

tcr! tcr! · 6 days ago

For sure! It wasn’t an epiphany that I had myself until only recently in the cosmic scheme of things. 😎

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McQuaid · 6 days ago

Yes! If you can’t accept it, change it. If you can’t change it, let it go.

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Hater McGhray Hater McGhray · 6 days ago

There are a few things for sure.

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Rich J · 6 days ago

Somethings are harder to let go of than others. It often depends on how deep the roots of the hurt are. Time is the great healer of all wounds.

tcr! tcr! · 5 days ago

There’s a lot to be said for patience for sure

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May 9th, 2019 at 8:49:57 am

tcr! · May 9, 2019 at 8:49 am

I quit drinking 13 days ago. I wanted to let you know how much it means to me to read your recovery posts. I don’t always comment but I appreciate every single one.
–Anonymous

This is why I write and share what I do.

#lettherebehope

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Radio Shack 10 Digit Dual Part owered EC-2020

tcr! · Apr 24, 2019 at 5:54 pm

Radio Shack 10 Digit Dual Part owered EC 2020

Believe it or not at one point I thought I wanted to be an accountant. Because I like it when the numbers add up. Equal parts payable, equal parts receivable. Equal parts ebb, equal parts flow.

At the end of the night all will be balanced.

I could never be an accountant though. Numbers aren’t colorful enough to me.

However, I still do like things to be balanced. Like I’m getting as much out of something as I’m putting into it. The reward matches the labor. Or else there’ll come a day when I’ll stop doing whatever I’ve been doing. If I don’t stop I’ll only end up resentful and being bitter is not something I want to be anymore.

When I speak at meetings I get so much more out of listening than I do talking. That’s why I go. I hug certain people because they hug me back. I write things like this so I get to know myself better. I pray because I’m led. I open an Easter egg because I calculate there’s a chocolate inside.

When something becomes a chore or I don’t feel like I’m being financially compensated or creatively fulfilled or emotionally satisfied then I’ll start making my way toward the exit. Because yes, people will want a pat on the back if they’ve busted their ass for you. And yes, I do cross my fingers that the flowers I planted will bloom.

It’s simple math really, black and white, objective and uncaring. Numbers don’t lie.

With my diaries magazine I had to close up shop on it. It wasn’t because I didn’t like doing it, it was because I was putting way more money into it than I was getting out.

I didn’t have any expectations that I’d buy a Porsche with all my piles of profits but I was hopeful that something might pan out with it. Sure, I was sad for a little while when it didn’t but that’s okay. I wasn’t mad or angry. Not everything works out the way we’d hoped and it’s okay to give up and move on to the next thing.

What’s more is that it’s okay to quit even after dedicating years to our pursuits. Sometimes the answer is “no.”

I think the hardest part is knowing when to throw in that towel. If we’re true to ourselves our heart will tell us. And if we follow that voice life will become balanced again.

#photos #lettherebehope

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tcr! tcr! · Apr 24, 2019 at 8:48 pm

Also, be really good at asking for help. And be even better at accepting help even when you don’t ask for it.

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Jim J · Apr 25, 2019 at 7:27 am

I learned to use “long derision”, “substraction”, “multifraction”, “verisimilitude” as important functions related to getting things to add up.

tcr! tcr! · Apr 26, 2019 at 2:34 pm

I love a good verisimilitude.

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Apr 16th, 2019 at 4:31:02 pm

tcr! · Apr 16, 2019 at 4:31 pm

The only thing that’s keeping me going on this drive home right now is knowing that I have half a day old donut waiting for me there.

🍩 🏠 πŸ‘ #lettherebehope

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JJania · Apr 16, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Remember that the hole is timeless.

tcr! tcr! · Apr 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Thanks, I needed that reminder 😊

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tcr! tcr! · Apr 16, 2019 at 4:46 pm

In related news…

half a day old donut

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Karly · Apr 16, 2019 at 4:58 pm

I feel like I did this about 4 hours ago…. oh wait. I did.

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Mad from a distance

tcr! · Apr 16, 2019 at 1:19 pm

Green stoplights

Yesterday I pulled up behind a silver car waiting at a stoplight. There was another white car to my right, double parked with the blinkers on.

An older, burly dude was walking slowly down the sidewalk, eyeing the parked white car. I assumed it to be his. I also knew there was no way in hell he’d be able to open his driver’s side door. There wasn’t any room with his double park for him to get in.

I started to feel tense. Totally ready for the stoplight to turn green so this whole situation would go away. I like stuff to go away.

“What the hell you park like that for? This is a no win situation.”

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Apr 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm

“…to own and tend. …to control and parse.” 😊

tcr! tcr! · Apr 16, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Exactly. I don’t know why I sometimes think that another’s feeling is mine to manage. I got enough going on with just me. 😊

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Jim J · Apr 18, 2019 at 6:28 am

Well said!

tcr! tcr! · Apr 18, 2019 at 6:59 am

Thanks!

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Black 1986 Monte Carlo, crashed

tcr! · Apr 14, 2019 at 7:40 pm

Black 1986 Monte Carlo crashed

This is what your car might’ve looked like in the mid 90s because you crashed into a stopped car on a four lane highway because you had road rage and were pissed at yet another car that had cut you off.

I can honestly say that I don’t try to be a better person today because yesterday I simply thought it was a good idea.

#photos #autonews #lettherebehope

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No horse blankets

tcr! · Apr 10, 2019 at 9:53 am

No horse blankets

When I got to the place where I couldn’t stand myself anymore, where I didn’t want to be the person I’d always been. And not do the same things I’d always done, I can see now that’s when I had reached the breaking point.

The pain of being me had broken my very soul. Fuck.

It wasn’t the drinking, it wasn’t ever the drugs. It was me. It wasn’t the traffic or the other drivers. It wasn’t other people at all. Well, it was some of those people but when that blanket of denial was pulled back just far enough I could see, when a light came on that cast a clarity almost too bright on what I’d been doing to myself nothing ever looked the same again in the days after.

Thinking back to that moment and all the desperate, frantic pain, tortured to tears, completely sober and sick of being myself, that’s when I turned a corner and walked down a path I’d only heard other people talk about.

And that’s when the spiritual revolution began.

No horse blankets.

#photos #alcoholism #lettherebehope

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vaughn3 · Apr 10, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Well said

tcr! tcr! · Apr 10, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Thank you!

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glenn.cremer glenn.cremer · Apr 11, 2019 at 12:59 pm

I had never heard it put that way, but well said.

tcr! tcr! · Apr 11, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Thanks ❀️

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Dragon eggs are budding

tcr! · Apr 8, 2019 at 7:57 am

Dragon eggs are budding

We only have to believe in the fairy tales from our imagination for them to be true.

Scour the earth for signs of hope. Life’s as magical as we want it to be.

#photos #naturerocks #lettherebehope

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Irene · Apr 8, 2019 at 10:53 am

Isn’t it great to see the buds popping out!?😊

tcr! tcr! · Apr 8, 2019 at 11:04 am

Is most certainly is!

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Fate or destiny, your pick

tcr! · Mar 19, 2019 at 7:30 am

I’ve thought about this too much at various points…and where I finally ended up with fate and destiny is this:

Life is like a flower bed, just earth, soil, what have you. Sometimes it’s wet with rain and other times it’s warm with sun.

If I do nothing fate takes over and the weeds get out of control. The flowers won’t be healthy and mediocre at best. Nature will do it’s own thing whether I like it or not. And the end of the day when I go to sleep the flower bed will be nothing I want to be a part of.

Because fate is the future we’ve given in to.

However, if I take action, pull the weeds, plant the seeds, keep them watered, give them attention and love then the flowers will grow strong and bloom in triumph.

Sunflowers in triumph

Because destiny is the future we decide.

#photos #flowers #allislost #lettherebehope #fatedebate

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An every time gas station tale

tcr! · Mar 3, 2019 at 9:09 am

Gas pump: Will you be paying with a credit or debit card?

Me: Credit.

Me pushes “credit card” button and inserts credit card.


Gas pump: Is this a debit or card?

Me: It’s a credit card… πŸ™„

Me pushes “credit card” button again.


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CintrΓ³n · Mar 3, 2019 at 9:41 am

My thoughts exactly

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McQuaid · Mar 3, 2019 at 9:44 am

Keep coming back, Travis!

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fiatlux423 · Mar 3, 2019 at 9:48 am

Was this a Shell station?

tcr! tcr! · Mar 3, 2019 at 11:30 am

Yep. They’re the worst

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Ross Bottino · Mar 3, 2019 at 10:17 am

Wait, you didn’t also have to enter your zip code??

tcr! tcr! · Mar 3, 2019 at 11:31 am

For whatever reason this time I didn’t. I was waiting in disgust for that prompt though.

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johnny red · Mar 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

We are all God’s Children, Travis

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Jim J · Mar 3, 2019 at 12:10 pm

I camembert it no longer…Would you like a little cheese with your whine?

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Kelly K · Mar 3, 2019 at 2:26 pm

It takes longer to answer all those freaking questions than it does just to pump the gas! πŸ™„

tcr! tcr! · Mar 4, 2019 at 7:25 am

Yep. I’m surprised there’s not pump rage to go along with people’s road rage.

Kelly K · Mar 4, 2019 at 9:14 am

There probably is.

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