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Be Tolerant

You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.

It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.

And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.





Ghandi

There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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Powerlessness - DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

Seems like an odd word to pick as a subject heading. And as I have read somewhere, who wants to admit powerlessness about anything? When Self will and will power seem all the rage these days, the idea of anything rendering us powerless is indeed a flaw to many, and yet it’s a gift to me.

I recognise these days I am powerless over alcohol, which is why I became a fellow in the fellowship of AA, Alcoholics Anonymous. And being a "Fellow of AA, FAA for short, I am gratified I have found myself the equal of everyone and everyone equal to me. This may seem a strange observation, but indeed it works for me. To know I am as human as the next, and that life has turned me out the way I am.

Powerless over Alcohol

I am one of those who cannot take a drink safely these days, it leads to another and another. In the olden days when I was young, alcohol helped me through all things worldly, like growing up, getting on, socialising and partying. And in the end I could not function without it, and then I could not function at all.

I spent time in hospital and spent time in rehab, and spent time angry and raging at anything and everything and especially myself for being so weak willed I could not stop drinking.

For thirty and more years, alcohol played a part in my life. I realise towards then end of my drinking days when it never worked to change my feelings or indeed offer any relief from the horror of living, I was abject and self hating and full of a rage I had no clue what to do with.

I heard a friend of mine sharing this tonight. Some people call it the jumping off point where we go either to more drink and destruction or we stay put in the fellowship and keep on coming back until maybe just one day makes some sense again..

My powerlessness over alcohol. I have heard much to do with codependence and sideways addictions. In truth whatever we used external to our insides to fix ourselves and our feelings, we it meant the power over us was greater than our power to give it up.

Ruin

Ruin is quick and swift for some and they get fellowship very quickly. Some like me on the other hand, are so self obsessed and self willed, we keep on going and never want to give up our will and our belief. In my case it was definitely ego, fear and putting on a brave face which made me keep on trying alone and getting next to nowhere. I was so mad with rage and drink I was in the gutter looking down on some of you. Now how mad is that?

Recovery

Recovery is the slowest process in my life today. I am in a "recovering mode." and more than one doctor has commented I will never be recovered, and have had more than one suggest I can become recovered and cured. The one who suggested I was never going to be recovered was a mature person, the other a new Doctor believed I could be recovered.

Recovery is a daily acceptance for me, to know I am powerless oncve I take the first drink, and a lot sooner if I have even considered a drink, or a place or a situation where I may be tempted.

People Places and Things

Some people, some places, some things remind me over and over about powerless. I am powerless over everything. And all I have is choices in this one moment to keep sober and get on with living. Or not. If I go and feel I may have power over people places and things, its most likely my ego talking to me, and ‘Ego’s Drift’ is always there. I guess those moments are where my inherent defects might manifest. And they are also to do with Nautre and man, and nurture too. We are predisposed to survival, and mankind wars easily on itself, and inside ourselves, when we don’t feel we measure up, or we feel superior to others.

The Steps of AA

These pretty helpful steps of change. Which help me with my attitude and my behaviour are pretty robust for me. And although there is much which I don’t understand regarding the ‘God’ elements, when I place ‘Good Conscience’ and Fellowship as my higher Powers, the programme works for me.

God or Good Conscience

I don’t feel I need reject or be pernickety about other people’s beliefs, its what I believe and can live to which counts. And in the Steps of AA, the twelve steps pretty much cover all eventualities in the here and now.

Personal choice

To live well and in fellowship, and in our communities and our societies and civilisation. Well we need follow our path and find our guides where we may. I am apt to hear wisdom from those with strong recovery, some with a strong belief in god and some with a strong belief in mankind and good conscience. I listen and find wisdom where I may. Often from the newcomers who hears life as is and as hard and horrible as mine has been.

I feel calm in many ways tonight, even though there has been disturbance and poor moments, there are made calm with a meeting and listening to fellow who know as much as me and more and often younger voices have as much or more wisdom than me.

Choices

I have some philosophy from AA which keeps me sober. Sober helps me ask when I need ask, helps me when fear gets in my mind, and when ego romps forth as anger follows when we are upset.

Balance today

Even though I may have shouted loudly to a Taxi Driver, it has gone and the anger is passing as I write. As did the broadband fiasco yesterday. And the assessment for next week to do, and all the medical issues I deal with daily. I am doing as I may. Nowhere near perfect.

Progress

When I see where things are today, I feel there has been progress, not perfection. As to more on powerless, it will take a lifetime to understand all this a day at a time. So more may follow as and when. it’s a lifetime living and experiencing, and not something we can study and award ourselves a pass or fail.

Wisdom accepting what we cannot change, changing the things we can. Mostly just me and my attitudes and so it goes…



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Be Tolerant

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It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.

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After 30 years as a closet Catholic, Blair finally puts faith before politics June 22 2007




Outgoing PM seizes early opportunity to convert free of dilemmas of public role

Stephen Bates, religious affairs correspondent

His spiritual awakening goes back at least 30 years, to his time as an undergraduate at Oxford, but due to political considerations Tony Blair's conversion to Catholicism has been a long time coming.

He has been attending Catholic mass, often with his family but also occasionally alone, since long before he became prime minister. His wife, Cherie, is a lifelong and practising Catholic, and in accordance with church rules their children have been brought up as Catholics and were sent to church schools.

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Rail firm’s secret plan for penalty fare cash June 22 2007





Ben Webster, Transport Correspondent

Britain’s biggest train company has told its guards that they will be disciplined and possibly dismissed if they show discretion to passengers who are unable to buy tickets before boarding because of long queues at stations.

It is the latest example of the lengths to which operators are going in order to pay the billion-pound premiums demanded by the Government for rail franchises.

A confidential memo, obtained by The Times, reveals that South West Trains is introducing a system under which guards are judged according to the amount they collect in penalties. The memo, headed “commercially sensitive, please do not circulate”, instructs guards to treat passengers as fare dodgers even if they come up to the guard on the train and ask to buy a ticket.

The guards must sell the most expensive peak ticket and give no railcard discounts, meaning that passengers will usually pay more than double the normal price. Those travelling between London and Weymouth are being charged £82 on board for a ticket which would have cost £35 at the station.

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You, Europe, and your rights June 22 2007



The Government is blocking an EU charter which would protect these fundamental rights for British people. Why?

Eugenics

Prohibition of eugenic practices, particularly those aiming at the selection of person. Article 3

What's at stake: Science is seeking to eradicatedisabilities by genetic manipulation. It might be possible for parents to order a "designer" baby.

Expert opinion: "I would be totally opposed to any attempt to socially engineer people."

Ian Gibson, vice-president, Royal Society for Public Understanding of Science

Torture

No one should be subjected to torture. Article 4

What's at stake: Since the invasion of Iraq, British soldiers have found themselves in the dock over the abuse of civilian detainees

Expert opinion: "It is all the more deplorable when some of the most powerful men on earth seek to justify the use of torture."

Moazzam Begg, a torture victim and former prisoner in Guantanamo Bay

Human trafficking

Trafficking in human beings is prohibited. Article 5

What's at stake: This year the UN said that human trafficking had reached epidemic proportions. The Home Office said that in 2003, 4,000 women were trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation

Expert opinion: "It is shameful that this country is trying to duck out of a charter that specifically prohibits child trafficking."

Louise Christian, human rights lawyer

Data protection

Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her. Article 8

What's at stake: A vast amount of data is stored on each of us already. From 2010, ID cards will be compulsory for anyone applying for a passport in the UK.

Expert opinion: "It's... a safeguard to protect the right of the individual in relation to the state."

Maurice Frankel, director, Campaign for Freedom of Information

Right to protest

Everyone has the right to freedom of assembly and of association. Article 12

What's at stake: Anti-war protests prompted the Government to bring in legislation to prevent unlicensed demos within quarter of a mile of Parliament

Expert opinion: "Allowing dissent in the form of peaceful protest is the hallmark of a country that understands respect for human rights."

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK director

Working rights

Every citizen of the Union has the freedom to seek employment... in any Member state. Article 15

What's at stake: The Conservatives' fear is that Poles and other east Europeans have taken up jobs and housing at British workers' expense

Expert opinion: "People who come to work in the UK are providing vital services which would collapse without them."

Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary

Deportation

No one can be removed to a state where there is a serious risk of torture. Article 19

What's at stake: The Government's determination to deport terror suspects to countries with questionable human rights records

Expert opinion: "In an effort to circumvent its obligations, the Government has secured 'memoranda of understanding' with Jordan, Libya and Lebanon."

Shami Chakrabarti, Liberty director

Industrial action

Workers have the right to take collective action to defend their interests, including strike action. Article 28

What's at stake: The right to strike has been restricted in the UK since the 1980s. There are rules about ballots andpicketing. None of these restrictions is mentioned in the charter

Expert opinion: "We back the right to strike, to negotiate, to fight against unfair dismissal."

John Monks, European TUC leader

Child exploitation

The employment of children is prohibited... except for limited derogations. Article 32

What's at stake: Could be a threat to family-run corner shops where children help out, or to the pocket money others earn from babysitting or paper rounds

Expert opinion: "To keep children safe, we must ensure parents and employers are clear about how and when children and young people can be employed."

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Health care

Everyone has the right to preventative health care. Article 35

What's at stake: Earlier this month, The Independent highlighted a new pill that could help hay fever sufferers, which the NHS will not prescribe because of cost. Critics say this clause could open the NHS to litigation

Expert opinion: "This article would not give much backing to any patient who took on the NHS."

Dr Evan Harris, member Medical Ethics Committee

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EU leaders struggle over treaty June 22 2007

European Union leaders have begun a second day of tough negotiations in Brussels amid disagreements over new rules to run the 27-member bloc.

After a first day of talks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there had been no breakthrough.

Germany, which holds the rotating EU presidency, has drafted proposals to replace a planned constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

But both the UK and Poland are threatening to veto the blueprint.

Meanwhile, the draft appeared to be dropping references to one of the founding principles of the common market - "undistorted competition" - and to be replacing it with talk of a social market economy and full employment, says the BBC's Alex Ritson.

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June 22 1941: Hitler invades the Soviet Union

German forces have invaded the Soviet Union.

In a pre-dawn offensive, German troops pushed into the USSR from the south and west, with a third force making their way from the north towards Leningrad.

At 0500 GMT, an hour after the invasion began, the Nazi Minister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, went on national radio to read a proclamation by Adolf Hitler promising that the mobilisation of the German army would be the "greatest the world has ever seen".

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Ghandi

There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.





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