Thursday, January 14, 2010


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

Today I am grateful…

  • for last night’s meeting where the topic was the Twelve Steps. The first person shared their experience, strength and hope about Step One, the second person about Step Two and so on. I was lucky to share first. It was powerful. And Step Twelve ended two minutes before the scheduled closing time, right on target.
  • to be often reminded of the rubble I left behind. First Step meetings do that every time.
  • for the fullness of spirit I feel often. To be so emotionally accepting of the welling up of gratitude for what I have been given so freely.
  • that God would and could if He were sought
  • for a life so full I cannot imagine how it just keeps getting better and better—but it does


I will learn to overcome myself, because every blow to selfishness is used to shape the real, eternal, imperishable me. As I overcome myself, I gain that power which God releases in my soul. And I too will be victorious. It is not the difficulties of life that I have to conquer, so much as my own selfishness. ~Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Lou said...

I've had that first quote on my sidebar. It is so beautiful.

dAAve said...

Cool way to do a meeting.

Syd said...

I am reminded of what a piece of rubble I was. Great post.

Ed G. said...

I like that meeting format. I hope I get a chance to try it out sometime.

Blessings and aloha...

Kim A. said...

"As I overcome myself" I like that. I like how your meeting unfolded too. I might try that at a meeting soon. I love how sharing just gets better and better.


Susan Deborah said...
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Susan Deborah said...

I have the same picture in my Gratitude blog.

Incidentally we were reading about Noah last evening and today your first quote talks about building a ship.

We are all connected in some way in some form.

Glad for everything.

Joy always,

Pam said...

I love the first quote...but I'd be gathering the wood.

Mary Christine said...

I like that meeting format. I would hope to go to a meeting where everyone could share.