The darkness of our world awaits you -- not to engulf you, but to be transformed by you. During this Season of the Light, be its Source for all those who search for Joy. ~Neale Donald Walsh
Today I am grateful…
- for a two meeting Tuesday, that I did not totally lose my cool in the midst of simple errands while others were in the frenzy of holiday shopping, a winter afternoon nap, coffee at Starbucks before the Little Table meeting, making and decorating holiday sugar cookies in the kitchen of friends, laughing and cutting up, staying up way too late, falling asleep smiling and grateful, that I might just take a quick morning nap
We have an epidemic of loneliness among men in our world. Everywhere, men are walking around as though in plastic bubbles that prevent contact with others. We are cut off from closeness with our brothers and sisters, our own children, our mates, coworkers, and neighbors. We have learned to play the role, be efficient, and look good. Do we dare let others know how we feel? Will they look down on us? Will they think we're strange?
All this has made us ripe for the diseases of addiction and codependency. Some of us have romanticized the pain of loneliness and glorified it. We sought some comfort for our pain, but we only perpetuated it. Breaking through the barrier to let someone know us can be incredibly difficult. Yet, just to say "I feel lonely" to another person makes us slightly less alone. Going to meetings and working this program provide a way out. The greatest benefits of the program for many of us have been recovery from loneliness and the genuine relationships we have developed. ~Touchstones