The Ohana Card


If you are a fan of the popular Disney cartoon Lilo and Stitch then you undoubtedly know that in the Hawaiian language the word "Ohana" means family. In the film young Lilo and her sister Nani are befriended by a character who is truly out of this world, an alien named Stitch.

The point of this inspiring and funny film is that your Ohana is made up of people , and in this case an alien, of your choosing who come together who support, love, nurture and care for one another. It is the perfect tale of accepting those who are different than us and learning that at the heart of it all, most of us simply want to feel part of something bigger than ourselves. We want to be part of an Ohana.

It has been several years now since I wrote "New Thought, New Action, New Life" alongside my bestie of nearly 40 years, Kevin M, Smith. A lot has changed for me since then. For one, the friend that I knew and loved since first meeting him on the playground in elementary and who so magnificently designed the artwork for my deck died a couple of years ago.

For years folks have asked me if my deck was going to be reprinted and recirculated. Having now used them as a teaching tool hundreds of times in recovery centers and other places of wellness and self discovery, I had been hesitant to revisit the possibility of re-publishing them. After all, my collaborator i