Wednesday, May 30, 2007

05.30.07 A day of long quotes

At the heart of the tendency to categorize and criticize, we often find insecurity. Overcoming our need to set ourselves apart from what we fear is a matter of understanding the root of judgment and then reaffirming our commitment to tolerance.
Today I am grateful...
  • that Bunny's rabies vaccine yesterday is good for three years and that he checked out as a healthy young man
  • that today my sponsor hits his 25th AA birthday. I am grateful for a truly gentle soul to guide me.
  • that my Higher Power gave me enough time that I can give away some of it
  • that we AAs can walk together and change the lives of others
  • that today seems light to the touch
Mother Teresa said, “If you judge people, you don’t have time to love them.” If we are quick to pass judgment on others, we forget that they, like (we), are human beings. As we seldom know what roads people have traveled before a shared encounter or why they have come into our lives, we should always give those we meet the gift of an open heart. Doing so allows us to replace fear-based criticism with appreciation because we can then focus wholeheartedly on the spark of good that burns in all human souls. ~today's Daily Om
Who can render an account of all the miseries that once were ours, and who can estimate the release and joy that later years have brought to us? Who can possibly tell the vast consequences of what God's work through A.A. has already set in motion?
And who can penetrate the deeper mystery of our wholesale deliverance from slavery, a bondage to a most hopeless and fatal obsession which for centuries possessed the minds and bodies of men and women like ourselves? ~As Bill Sees It


lushgurl said...

"If we judge people we don't have time to love them"
Love that, love you!
Hey Scott...I love your outfit today!!!

dAAve said...

What a lovely outfit you are wearing on your sponsor's birthday!!

Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

Happy 25th AA birthday to your sponsor, Scott W and three years of rabies to Bunny. You got lots of celebrating to do here, my friend. Not to forget a day of long quotes too!

Zane-nawwaa said...

There are times I wish I had lived in an earlier era. But what the hell would I do without AA. We are blessed indeed. Luv those shoes. Wal-Mart or Shoe Warehouse?

Mary Christine said...

If we love people, we don't have time to judge them!

I, too, love your outfit today.

Kari Sullivan said...

All I can say is "thank you" for sharing this wisdom.

Peace out,

Shannon said...

Lots of good stuff of judging.. I soo needed to read it thanks and "At the heart of the tendency to categorize and criticize, we often find insecurity" hit the friggin nail on the head. good stuff thanks Scotty... and tell Bunny Roxy Ru Ru says arf arf... LOL

Meg Moran said...

another new shirt?

Pam said...

YES..."today seems light to the touch"...that's perfect, just perfect. I want to keep it that way.

Trudging said...

That human desire to set ourselves apart is HUGE! Thank God we do not have to live that way. Tell your sponsor hAApy birthdAAy for me.