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

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

06.10.09

IMPATIENT? TRY LEVITATING
We reacted more strongly to frustrations than normal people. ~As Bill Sees It
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Today I am grateful...
  • for my old friend Frances. We have been catching up on our lives, 35 years worth.
  • for yesterday's noon meeting where the topic was, for me, willingness and steps 6 and 7
  • that 74 years ago was Dr. Bob's last drink
  • for coincidences AND ironies
  • that pretty much everything today isn't what I expected it to be like

Impatience with other people is one of my principal failings. Following a slow car in a no-passing lane, or waiting in a restaurant for the check, drives me to distraction. Before I give God a chance to slow me down, I explode, and that's what I call being quicker than God. That repeated experience gave me an idea. I thought if I could look down on these events from God's point of view, I might better control my feelings and behavior. I tried it and when I encountered the next slow driver, I levitated and looked down on the other car and upon myself. I saw an elderly couple driving along, happily chatting about their grandchildren. They were followed by me--bug eyed and red of face--who had no time schedule to meet anyway. I looked so silly that I dropped back into reality and slowed down. Seeing things from God's angle of vision can be very relaxing. ~Daily Reflections

5 comments:

Jeremy said...

I loved reading that reflection this AM. It reminded me of another favorite quote:

"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

Syd said...

I had to practice patience yesterday in a store. No regular clerk so it took over 25 minutes to get checked out with me the only person in line. When I felt my impatience growing, I just thought--this fellow is doing the best he can in a bad situation.

Bill said...

Wait! You mean life isn't all about me???

Mary Christine said...

Oh what lessons we have to learn.

Zanejabbers said...

Love the quote. Both yours and Jeremy's.