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The goal of this site is to provide news, advice and entertainment to people who want to live positively in recovery.

So why is this site called “The Strawberry”?
It’s named after a zen koan that goes something like this:

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled and the tiger went after him. Coming to a cliff, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him. Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!

I learned of this parable during a theology course in college and I remembered it early on in my recovery. I believe it speaks to a lot of the beliefs one encounters in the rooms of a 12-step program: 

“One day at a time.”

“Attitude of gratitude.”

“Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, just for today.”

We need to strive to look beyond our troubled past and look through worries about the future and instead, be grateful for the moment right now…. and taste the strawberry.

I hope this site helps people to do that.

-John