Episode #9: Albert Ancel – Business Owner, Volunteer, and Recovering Alcoholic

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Celebrate your powerlessness? That’s just crazy talk. I thought. I’d have to relinquish control!

Can giving up control and embracing my pain and feelings of powerlessness really be the key to healing?

It’s hard to imagine, but that’s how it began for my guest today.

Albert Ancel, a grateful recovering alcoholic, says that once he embraced his pain and his fears of feeling powerless, he could celebrate. His whole attitude, outlook and perception changed, and life got better. That was over nineteen years ago.

Devoted to the practice of the twelve step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al spends much of his free time being of service. Volunteering several evenings a week at Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois, he facilitates recovery with men and women who’ve relapsed from drugs and alcohol and also volunteers an afternoon a week facilitating healing for inmates who are awaiting criminal trial and sentencing at Illinois’ Cook County Jail. 

Until next time,

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Daring and take a bite of courage.

And remember: 

We’re all recovering from something, so take a deep breath in and a deeper breath out. Relax into the pain. Embrace it. Then, release it, let it go one breath at a time, and celebrate. It’s worth a try.  🙂



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