Basic Procovery Brewing Steps by Honorable Mention Procovery Guest Blogger Mary Catherine Booth!

As we recently mentioned, we found ourselves drawn to two additional entries in our Procovery Guest Blogger contest and while we were planning for just one winner, during the review process, we felt the need to create Honorable Mention spots on our blog to shine a spotlight on some inspiring individuals who shared so deeply with us. This week’s Honorable Mention is Mary Catherine Booth of St. Louis, Missouri! Mary has dedicated the following poem to Procovery Circle Facilitator Millie Fortune-Gilpin, also of St. Louis, Missouri.

Basic Procovery Brewing Steps
1. Choose Procovery Just Start Anywhere
     2. Add Hope
         3. Measure Looking Forward
             4. Show up and be a part of your Procovery Circle
A cup of Procovery shared with friends is….
      Happiness and Hope… tasted!
            Time well spent
                If you’ll excuse me I’m going to have another cup of Procovery
I have measured out my life with Procovery spoons
     A cup of Procovery one sip at a time
          Nothing like a good cup of Procovery in the morning
               Makes me want to get up
                    Awakens me makes me feel good and ready
                           Hopeful for the day to come
                                Nothing can really be said after the first sip
                                     but a quiet utter of “mmmmmm”
A cup of Procovery today
      It’s awesome to smell the hope would yah?
             Procovery it is a food group
                  My favorite kind of bean (being)
                         It’s not a beverage
                                It’s a moment of pleasure and looking forward
       An aroma that fills the room with warming
             Brewing gently
                 Steady of hope
                            And calm.
                                Friends to gather
                                             Hoping together
                                          Bonded by each cup
                                      The tenderness of solitude
                                  With a good Procovery book
                           As I take the first sip
                      Of the first cup
                 I drink up
             And share the hope of Procovery
         Coming from a slurp of clarity
      I realize again that I am blessed to share this cup with such a friend.
   Best mixed with friendship and simple conversation
Warmed with compassion
     A few drips of Procovery
           It’s amazing what it can do
               Smiling, laughing, relaxing, knowing, believing, remembering
                      And most important of all FEELING.
I went to perk a pot of Procovery and it perked up my life
    Procovery much more than a flavor, roast, or aroma
        It’s a way of life.
            To share this cup with such a friend…. is life itself.
                 I need my cup of Procovery to set me free
                      And awaken me once again.

— Mary Catherine Booth*

*Mary Catherine Booth, with her Basic Procovery Brewing Steps blog submission, is one of two Honorable Mention winners of Procovery Institute’s Procovery Guest Blogger contest! Mary will receive a Have a cup of Procovery today! mug as a prize for her Honorable Mention entry. Thank you Mary for inspiring us all with your creativity and your passion. Congratulations!

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” -Oprah Winfrey

Today is a special day to us all here at Procovery Institute, and within our families, as it marks the birth of the amazing Randy Stratt! Today is his 55th birthday and we are all remembering, missing and celebrating the wonder of Randy…
Randy A. Stratt
May 9, 1956-October 7, 2009
While it’s sometimes very difficult to accept that Randy can’t physically be here to celebrate with us, we also know that one of the most important things we can do for ourselves in our own lives, as well as for Randy’s memory, and most certainly in his honor, is to continue celebrating. Randy was a wonderful example, teacher and mentor to so many of us – he taught us how to celebrate and value life.
In honor of Randy, as he was one of the most productive and visionary people we’ve known, we’ve dedicated today to making something happen!
Randy accomplished so much — both in his personal life and his work life. He was a beautiful and powerful force, and he left an extraordinary foundation, both personally for his family, and professionally for the next, exciting stage and evolution of Procovery. We hope you might take a moment this week, in his honor and spirit, both to remember Randy, and also to truly recognize the potential and wonder of you and to make something happen, even something small… There’s never been a better day, let’s make something happen!
Just Start Anywhere. Today!
Until next time…
Procovery Institute

Another Cup of Procovery by Guest Blogger Nancy Bollinger

As I sat at the table, looking around at those who regularly attend Procovery each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. and those who were new to the table I realized that there is something that is so familiar. I reflected back to when I was a child visiting my grandparents in rural Southeast Missouri. This was not a rare occasion as they lived next door to us for many, many years, but to visit when family came from out of town was a special occasion. You could smell the Tasters Choice as grandma poured the boiling water over the teaspoons of instant coffee, cup after cup. I can’t say that there was ever anyone that could be considered a stranger visiting. It always seemed as though this was a cousin or niece or nephew from here or there, so even the strangers it seemed were family.

That’s how I feel when I sit at the table during our weekly Procovery Circle. We all sit around the table, some old friends and some strangers visiting for the first time; however, what makes it special is that by the end of the Circle, we are all family coming together to utilize the tools and share insights of moving forward in our lives via Procovery. Before leaving the majority shares that they will see me next week, same time, and same place. The warmth I feel is the same as I had as a child in my grandparents’ kitchen listening to the tales and smelling the Tasters Choice. Yes, I think I’ll have another cup of Procovery.

–Nancy Bollinger*, CMPS, Licensed Procovery Circle Facilitator

*Nancy Bollinger, with her Another Cup of Procovery blog submission, is the winner of Procovery Institute’s Procovery Guest Blogger contest. Thank you for your inspiring and heartfelt blog entry, Nancy, and congratulations!

Procovery Guest Blogger Contest Winner Announcement!

We are happy to announce the winner of our Procovery Guest Blogger Contest is Nancy Bollinger, Executive Director of Selp Help Center in Affton, MO with her blog entry, Another Cup of Procovery!

Click here to listen to Nancy speak about Procovery and the Self Help Center!

Click here to visit the Procovery iTunes channel – Free downloads of all Procovery Podcasts are available, including Nancy’s!

Thank you all for your submissions! We are inspired and touched by what you wrote and have immensely enjoyed reading your entries. It’s always difficult to make a decision like this.

We found ourselves drawn to 2 additional entries, for which we would like to extend honorable mentions. Both of these additional applicants will receive a Have a Cup of Procovery mug.  Please check back for the honorable mention announcements and new blog entries!

Procovery Contest Prize!
For today, CONGRATULATIONS to Nancy — Your prize is shipping out from our office in Los Angeles today,  and your blog entry will be posted this afternoon!

-Procovery Institute