IF THE ONLY PRAYER YOU SAID IN YOUR LIFE WAS "THANK YOU", THAT WOULD SUFFICE. ~Meister Eckhart

Thursday, June 7, 2007

06.07.07

Your whole character changes as you reach upward for the things of the spirit for beauty, for love, for honesty, for purity, and for unselfishness. Reaching after these things of the spirit, your whole nature becomes changed so that you can best receive and delight in the wonders of the abundant life. ~Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Today I am grateful...
  • to see AH accept a desire chip yesterday
  • to have heard Shannon's story yesterday--her one year AA anniversary
  • for a gigantic fellowship lunch afterwards
  • that I and everyone else saw the humor when I was mistaken for an AA member with 25 years of sobriety
  • that I am no longer a spectator on the sidelines--instead I march with the band in the parade

And as we grow spiritually, we find that our old attitudes toward our instincts need to undergo drastic revisions. Our desires for emotional security and wealth, for personal prestige and power, for romance, and for family satisfactions--all these have to be tempered and redirected. We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first-- then and only then do we have a real chance. ~12 & 12

10 comments:

lisa said...

AH was in Houston? hahahaha

Sorry folks, inside joke w/So.


So

Scott W said...

I KNEW you were gonna say that!

lisa said...

You didn't KNOW!

Pam said...

lisa-with 25 years sobriety, he knows everything! ;)
huge fellowship lunch just sounds wonderful right now.

lisa said...

Pam you are so correct. Silly me forgot I wasn't even born yet!

Scott W said...

Gah! Can anyone say can of worms?

lisa said...

Sorry, I am looking ashamed in case that helps.

Shannon said...

good quote, being pulled backwards is no fun LOL I think I am one who learns things the hard way.. not so much anymore thought. Love your art as always Scott. :)

Meg Moran said...

"reaching upward for things of the spirit....." that is how I found my HP Thanks Scott for the reminder that God can be so intangible.

Mary Christine said...

ahhhh. the four absolutes. thanks for that!