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

Thursday, May 21, 2009

05.21.09

To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face. ~Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 44
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Today I am grateful...
  • for the oddness of yesterday. Clients not able to make a decision, events that kept appointments from being kept, general uneasiness of people
  • for the comment from someone googling something that led them to a post of mine showing a photograph of Monument Valley and then deciding they had to visit. It is my favorite place on Earth.
  • for the email from someone from my home town who saw a photo I posted that I took while in high school. They used to wander through those pine woods and wanted a copy of the photograph. I have no idea who that person is and I have to wonder...
  • for the yogic videos I found last night on YouTube. They brought me to center and the most peaceful place of gratitude.
  • that today might be another odd day but I won't have to drink to handle any of it
  • that Dave sold his T-Bird and is jealous of my red shoes

In recovery, we resumed our emotional and spiritual development where it had stopped. It is liberating to know that how we feel about something is important. We can follow our interests and pursue our commitments. We need not be ruled by others' feelings. With our regular pattern of taking our inventory, praying, and meditating, we are developing a relationship with ourselves, which builds character and maturity. ~Touchstones

8 comments:

Lou said...

Looking inside ourselves, facing long repressed fears and emotions is really great..once you get used to it.

Trailboss said...

I love that Dave is jealous of your new red shoes. He's be really jealous if he knew what you paid for them. Who in the world contacted you from here? That is just weird.

dAAve said...

those shoes are suede.

Syd said...

Oddness of yesterdays--that summed up my life for a long time. Today I'm not feeling too odd or ODD.

Steve E. said...

Grateful for anything and everything--that's what I'd LIKE to be!

Mary Christine said...

Well, really, who doesn't want red suede shoes?

jeanne leigh said...

Building a relationship with ourselves. This is something that is so forgotten by the church and yet it is key. I am grateful for Spiritual Direction, AA and Alanon for teaching me this most sacred truth.

Ed G. said...

I often quote "To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face." as being one of the silliest sentences in literature - unless you're an alcoholic of my variety...