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

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

06.02.09

Through the program, we grow more tolerant of the people who think and act differently from ourselves. We share what has worked for us, and someone else is free to take it or leave it. Our attention and concern is of value to those we would help, but we cannot prescribe for them. We are all learning how to be responsible for ourselves. No one forbids us this or gives us permission for that. Our differences are God given, and we accept each other in love. ~Food for Thought
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Today I am grateful...
  • for the first step Beginner meeting last night. Sometimes first step meetings make me joyous, some have me sitting under a dark cloud--remembering what brought me there. Last night was the dark cloud kind. Regardless, I need to always remember what brought me to recovery.
  • that the gentleman behind me, with 35 years under his belt, shared about how there were no gay specific meetings when he got sober and that a small group found each other which led to the founding of the Lambda Center. When he quit drinking in 1974 he was living on my block.
  • that I took the Steps and sobriety was the result
  • for the still calmness of a June morning
  • to want what I have and have what I want

[T]hat it is a way I shall have to find. It is a new path, one that leads to infinite light at the top of the mountain. The Steps advise me about the footholds that are safe and about chasms to avoid. They provide me with the tools I need during the many parts of the solitary journey of my soul. When I speak of this journey, I share my experience, strength and hope with others. ~Daily Reflections

12 comments:

dAAve said...

Dark clouds don't always contain rain.

Pam said...

I love it when a small group can find each other.
That's pretty much how I feel about the whole fellowship...thank God we all found each other.

Lou said...

And dark clouds pass. Thanks for the reminder.

Trailboss said...

I love calm June days.

Boston said...

i love when the founders of lambda share about it

Syd said...

It is a beautiful morning here too. And will be a beautiful day.

Ed G. said...

I wish you comfort under the dark clouds and hope for sunny days in the future...
Blessings and aloha...

Jason said...

A reminder of the past days helps me to enjoy even more the days I have. Thanks for the reminder!

Kim A. said...

I, too, feel the dark clouds sometimes. I heard somewhere and it helps me, "You can look back, just not go back.".

Namaste

Mary Christine said...

This is a pretty somber disease.

Zanejabbers said...

Hi, Dahlink. Maybe this will take.

dailypiglet said...

i really love how we are all so connected without even knowing it. i'm pretty sure that the internet has illuminated this to a degree.