A note from my highchair... Recovery is in the air and it smells like Alano Club coffee.
First newsletter of this decade and I am already being told of the passing of a former club member. I cannot predict how many who pass thru our doors embrace long-term recovery, just as I cannot tell you how many who have taken back their self-will are still alive today. I do hear, all too often, of those who do not make it. Cunning, Baffling, and Powerful; I was told...
“Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean, do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage. I am glad you make a fresh beginning daily; there is not better means of attaining to the spiritual life than by continually beginning again, and never thinking that we have done enough. How are we to be patient in bearing with our neighbor’s faults, if we are impatient in bearing with our own? He who is fretted by his own failings will not correct them; all profitable correction comes from a calm, peaceful mind.”
--St. Francois de Sales
How can we help those who are beginning their journey at one of our club’s meetings? Love and tolerance is our code. When I am short tempered and angry, I am not spiritually fit. This is often a sign that I need a meeting.
In these times of so much anger and division that can surround us, I have to find peace in myself and resist being drawn into the emotional upheaval of the day. “One Day At A Time” I will work on those things in myself that trouble me within others. The third step prayer is a good way to start.
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Life.”
Love and Service.
- Jim H