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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.





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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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June 25 2007

Fix Me! - DonInLondon ‘Day In The Life’

Rain

Its been raining all day, and maybe this has been a good thing for me. I have been pushing my physical and mental boundaries a bit too far. And as a consequence the daily grind has been becoming more and more difficult to maintain. So the third time this year I am staying in this evening. I would normally be off to Flood St, but the physical walking is not good and the rain is heavy so I would be wet going and coming back tonight.

I have caught up with a lot of correspondence and yet still have more to do. So in all of this I have rested a couple of hours and the feet and back are reasonable. And need it to be so as I am off for a Dept of Work and Pensions assessment in the morning.

Friends

Interesting for me with friends in and out of fellowship, most in fellowship know each other to an extent. And outside they know just me. Why? I don’t know why other than we all seem to have friends because of what interests us and where we go. And I know most of my friends in fellowship are happy and anonymous, and friends outside fellowship need not know them or who they are.

An issue

Yes today as joint friends, or just acquaintances I know have been in conversation. The upshot is somewhat disturbing as one friend finds another maybe seems to know too much, and implies I have shared an indiscretion I guess. And you know with so many opportunities to do this without a thought or just a mistake, I am left wondering if I have.

Knowing one of the personalities has an knack of implying they know more when they don’t, and worse an intuitive mind which can dig a person out quickly to reveal issues they prefer not to… Well sometimes there will be questions and answers to be shared.

I have encountered very intuitive types in my life who can interpret and read people pretty well and this is always quite disturbing for some who prefer to keep some matters under raps.

It used to be a useful characteristic in me, intuitive, in my career to make connections quickly, then check out the truth gently and then help people make decisions about life and work.

Knowledge and Power

Are truly parts of our personality we may utilise at our peril. We can utilise in life and often find backfires and makes us angry when things are known or implied.

The gift of knowledge is often seen as power over others. And yet I live with a programme which utilises quite the opposite. For indeed we are actually powerless over pretty much everything except our choices.

Powerlessness

I recognise powerless over people places and things actually makes me free to have choices about how to live. If I try control anything it is true also I am prisoner of these mechanism and process, for the truth is left to nature and happenstance control offers nothing but illusion as we the gaolers are as much prisoners of nature and Providence.

Some thoughts today and pertinent tome tonight..

What if People Know what I am and who I am?

If people know I am a recovering alcoholic, they have their own belief system to either accept me or not. And in truth anonymity does nothing but hinder me if I fall ill or find myself in a compromising position, for example sitting in a bar and ready to drink.

Somebody asked me what if I relapse? The answer is to get back on the wagon fast and not malinger doing things which can hurt me,

I have a killer disease or two, so I am best served people knowing my intent and not whether I relapse. Relapse is not the issue, recovery maintenance is my issue.

Living in the Problem or Living In The Solution

If I have guilt and shame, or if I feel guilt and shame because I am an alcoholic, it probably means I am not so well recovered. Secrecy leads to dishonesty in my view of me and my circumstances.

Secrets Keep us Sick

Its absolutely true that secrets about ourselves will mean we prefer to cover up and not share. And actually what are we hiding? Hiding our truth about ourselves?

Voluntary diseases

Nobody volunteers to be ill or bedevilled by addiction, it’s the last thing we ever think can happen. Same as me and Diabetes, having given up my addictions and been scanned and checked over thoroughly in recovery, I got type 1 diabetes in recovery long after I was sober. Maybe from an infection and then probably a virus. I cover myself and accept wholly my drinking could have been the sole cause, and am happy either way.

Self Inflicted Wounds

It is insanity to become an addict of anything, and it is quite hard for any addict to overcome self prejudice. The notion of self will and will power to stop addiction is pretty erroneous and something people believe because they are not addicted to anything, they being ‘normal’. so we can find ourselves making our own live harder by simply believing we are weak and without moral fibre because we became addicted. And believing the nature of will power will make us strong and robust when indeed the opposite is true.

Normal People

Thank goodness most people are not addicted, yet still we reckon some addictions are ok. Sugar nicotine less these days, and of course over eating and obesity are symptoms of unhappiness and self indulgence? Or in truth another form of mental incapacity which manifests in so many ways.

The modern world and secrecy

In our modern world we hide our vulnerabilities if we fear we get labelled and stigmatised. Its better we don’t keep our secrets, as our secrets keep us sick.

Life today

A Sunday without a meeting yet in contact with many people in people in recovery over the day. And just now in fact.

With a world full of harm and so easy to find ourselves in harms, what makes it worse is what we decide to share when we fear others reactions to our humility and human qualities and frailties.

Honesty

Keeps us on the path of living well and to whatever capacities we have.

Openness

Being to knowing and understanding ourselves means we don’t fall into isolation and traps which makes feel the need to self harm or overindulge in habits we are best letting go

Willingness

Be able and willing to change a day at a time. Willing to try and endeavour some more. And this is really the truth.

Truth will set us free

What is wrong with truth. If you shun me for my truth I am better off without you. If you feel I am less than you, then I am better without you. If I live in ego’s drift, where fear motivates and a brave face covers my identity to you, I fear myself more, and will divert myself from a path of freedom

Prisoners we are inside our own heads when we fear what others think or feel about us. We become driven and unbalanced as we shift away from a spiritual path which simply reality without filters and denials.

Born Free

We are all born free, and find ourselves often trapped by society and circumstance, by values and principles which have no meaning except to place one above another in a world made uncivilised by civilised minds.

Age of Reason and Humanity

This world is vast yet so close as we communicate across distances we never imagined possible. As Reason shares with humanity the clarity and closeness of a globalising civilisation, conflict and chaos are ever more dangerous. Why? Because people realise there is more to this life than their present and sometimes fettered existence.

Recovery

I guess I am still here able to write about the life we have and its possibility because of fellowship. Which extends beyond all boundaries and has a single purpose, to make life work a day at a time.

Every possible cliché

Yes a fellowship where every cliché to good is offered and understood through living and experiencing life. So tonight I feel grounded and accepting of where my lot is.

A day where I have been made to stay put to an extent, yet exercise freedoms and honesty as best I am able.

Our human condition, making progress and not being perfect. We are hard most on ourselves and then the rest of the world, until we find forgiveness inside our own world.

We are on the brink of change like never seen before. And this has been true for some centuries. I hope with some concern we do not lose sight of our own humanity or we will be forgotten in the eons of time.




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Be Tolerant

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






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Johnston family 'distressed' by video June 25 2007




Jason Deans and agencies

The family of kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston say they are "most concerned and distressed" by the latest video released by his captors, in which he said he has been dressed in an explosives belt to deter rescue attempts.

In the recording, posted on a website used by militants, Johnston appeals to the British government and Palestinian group Hamas not to try to free him by force, saying negotiations had reached a "very promising" stage.

Johnston, the BBC's Gaza correspondent who has been in captivity for 105 days, wears a blue and white checked vest strapped around his torso and attached to shoulder straps which he says is an explosive belt.

Early today, Johnston's father Graham released a statement responding to the new video, in which he said: "My family and I are obviously most concerned and distressed at this latest development. Our thoughts, of course, are with Alan in his present predicament. We earnestly request his abductors to release Alan unharmed in any way."

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Election set for 2008 June 25 2007




Philip Webster, Political Editor

Gordon Brown put Britain and the Labour Party on the alert for a general election next year as he was crowned as Tony Blair’s successor yesterday.

In his first speech as party leader, he promised to heed and lead the call for change. He also used his coronation speech to announce the appointment of an election co-ordinator in a clear signal that he would like to go to the country next year.

After Harriet Harman was elected as his deputy leader by the narrowest of margins, Mr Brown immediately showed his ruthless streak by making her party chairman but not deputy prime minister, despite earlier indications that he would give his elected deputy that job.

Mr Brown has picked Douglas Alexander, a close ally and currently the Transport Secretary, for the election role “so that we are ready not just to fight but win a general election . . . whenever the prime minister decides to call it”.

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Emphasising trust, renewal and social inclusion, Gordon Brown sets out agenda for change

By Steve Richards

Gordon Brown hailed the start of a new political era as he was crowned leader of the Labour Party at a special conference in Manchester. In his victory speech, Mr Brown declared that Labour would be the party of change, and hinted at sweeping reforms in key policy areas.

Suddenly, he is free to range more widely without fearing that his words are interpreted as a bid for the leadership or an attack on Tony Blair. He is the leader now. Yesterday, Mr Blair watched the speech in the audience as the former leader. After years of agonising, plotting, frustration,explosive anger and at times displays of nail-biting patience Mr Brown has pulled it off. There has been a relatively smooth transition from one leader to the next.

As if to prove Labour is moving on, Harriet Harman was the surprise winner of the deputy leadership contest, narrowly beating the Education Secretary, Alan Johnson. She had stressed the importance of a woman being part of the leadership team. After her victory, she declared: "With a man and a woman elected leader and deputy it is Labour that leads the way." Suddenly Labour felt different.

In Mr Brown's speech, he highlighted repeatedly the need for change. There would be changes to meet the new challenges. Changes to deal with insecurity. Changes to meet new needs and, in case there were any doubts, change from the old politics. This was the first attempt to introduce New New Labour. Mr Brown's internal opponents and the Conservative leadership attempt to portray him as a figure that would lead Labour back to its vote-losing past. The aim of the speech was to challenge the misleading caricature.

Mr Brown is following Bill Clinton's advice to him with a persistent emphasis: Labour will win again if it is seen as the agent of change. The oddly inappropriate music, an old one-hit wonder, that greeted Brown's appearance on the stage should have been replaced by David Bowie's "Changes". The need for change was his overwhelming theme, in tone and policy-making.

On housing, he pledged that local authorities as well as the private sector and housing associations would build homes. The Housing minister would attend cabinet, although the brief will probably not be elevated to cabinet status. Mr Brown repeated his determination to raise public investment on state education to the level spent on pupils who attend private schools, a potentially revolutionary development. He promised a "new settlement" for a modern NHS. Expect significant announcements in the next few weeks on a policy area that he described as his "immediate priority".

More specifically he promised a bigger department for international development, with greater co-ordination of debt, aid and trade policies, signalling a much wider shake up in Whitehall including dismantling the Department of Trade and Industry.

One challenge Mr Brown faced was to address the seemingly impossible question: how to represent continuity with the Blair era and, at the same time, emphasise change? He answered it with an illuminating phrase: "We will build on what has gone right", a seemingly innocent construction but one that gives him the space to change Blairite reforms that obviously have not gone right.

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BBC captive in 'bomb vest' video June 25 2007

The kidnappers of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston have released a new video of him in which he is wearing what he says is an explosives vest.

In the tape, Mr Johnston says his captors have said they will detonate the vest if force is used to try to free him.

It is the second such video released since Mr Johnston was abducted in Gaza on 12 March.

The BBC renewed its appeal for Mr Johnston's immediate release.

In a statement, the corporation said: "It is very distressing for Alan's family and colleagues to see him being threatened in this way.

"We ask those holding Alan to avoid him being harmed by releasing him immediately.

"We are keeping his family fully informed and offering them our continued support."

Mr Johnston's father, Graham, said: "My family and I are obviously most concerned and distressed at this latest development.

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June 25 1953: Christie to hang for wife's murder

John Christie has been sentenced to hang for murdering his wife and then hiding her body under the floorboards of their Notting Hill home in London.
Christie, 54, had admitted murder but pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. It took the jury an hour and 22 minutes to reject his defence and declare him guilty.

In his final speech to the court, defence lawyer Derek Curtis-Bennett QC argued that Christie was suffering from "a defect of reason" - although he knew what he was doing, he did not know that it was wrong.

Mr Curtis-Bennett told the jury Christie had begun showing signs of hysteria as long ago as 1918. During World War I he had served in the army and lost the ability to speak for three-and-a-half years after being caught up in a mustard gas shell explosion.

It was, he concluded, no exaggeration to say Christie was "as mad as a March hare".

Earlier, the court had been told that eight female bodies, including that of a baby girl, had been found at Christie's home at 10 Rillington Place. They had all been strangled.

The bodies also included Christie's wife, Ethel. Mr Curtis-Bennett said her killing was the most insane of all and the best example of a "motiveless, purposeless killing of the one person he liked".

The court was told Christie had forged his wife's signature to take money out of her bank account and buried her body under the floorboards. His defence counsel said these were the actions of a man desperate to cover his tracks after belatedly realising what he had done.

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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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