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

Monday, May 18, 2009

05.18.09

When we see ants and bees out in the world, we often see just one, but this belies the reality of their situation. More than any other species, ants and bees function as parts of a whole. They cannot and do not survive as individuals; they survive as members of a group, and the group’s survival is the implicit goal of each individual’s life. There is no concept of life outside the group, so even to use the word individual is somewhat misleading. Often, humans, on the other hand, strongly value individuality and often negatively associate ants and bees with a lack of independence. And yet, if we look closer at these amazing creatures, we can learn valuable lessons about how much we can achieve when we band together with others to work for a higher purpose. ~Daily Om
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Today I am grateful...
  • to be one among many and to feel right at home there
  • that today is fat loading day, the last, and tomorrow I start the calorie restrictive part of the diet. This overloading is making me feel sick and uncomfortable.
  • for another alcohol free Monday
  • that today will be some one's sobriety date, it will also be the day someone goes back out
  • if I do my part today then today's job will be well done

Self-esteem is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom,while discouragement often nips it in the bud. ~Alex F. Osborn

11 comments:

Ed G. said...

My hope is to eventually attain being a "man among men" and love being in that place.
I'll work on that some today.

Lou said...

That diet may work short term, but the body was not meant to function that way. I don't like you doing that:(

dAAve said...

I am liking what I am reading.

Gin said...

Love the quote at the beginning! Love it, love it, love it! Sometimes I tend to close up and try to do things on my own. This was a nice reminder that I need my group!

Bill said...

I'll did my part so far by congratulating someone who is celebrating a two-year anniversary today, and I'll be here on the phone for those who have gone back out.

Pam said...

I'm still gonna kill the ants. Maybe they want to be independent but they are too afraid to try.

Steve E. said...

I need my group, and actually, my group needs me--a lot of MEs....

One guy told me that to gain self-esteem, I must do self-esteemable acts. Sort of made sense.

Indigo said...

It's a harsh reality that as someone celebrates life with a sober anniversary, another lost the battle. May there come a day more of us continue to win than lose to our disease. (Hugs)Indigo

Mary Christine said...

I like the ants.

Syd said...

Interesting diet. It must be working though. I'm glad that you are IN and not OUT.

dailypiglet said...

the bee situation is scary, do you know they are solely responsible for almonds? that is very, very cool.