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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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Extremes - DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

Today has been one of those days when we are waiting for news. It could be good or bad, and we know its important and impacts greatly on me and my family. We don’t like things we don’t know the answer to and its as hard to keep on going and doing the ordinary as it is to be worried and concerned.

If nothing else my fellowship prepares me for the extremes of life. In our fellowship we see people bounce back and make the most amazing recovery and get back to living and being themselves, on top of the world! And at the far end of the same spectrum we see and understand our complete vulnerability to lapses and relapse and the worst case scenarios where people don’t make sobriety and just don’t plain make it. We thrive and keep going a day at a time as we share experience strength and hope, and hope is keenly felt by me tonight.

Today

Listening to a fellow earlier, not tonight, but by telephone about some domestic concerns and what to do, and should they do this or that, I was struck that the simple answer to this domestic situation was to hand over the reins to those who could do something about it. Indeed I may not have seemed as friendly as my usual self, simply because the person sharing knew the answer before the call. And still did not see their part was merely the conveyor of information and then enabling or allowing others to sort out the problem. I guess even I can have a distracted outlook now and then. And I have.

I also saw a friend earlier and we chatted amiably, again we always seem to have these dilemmas where our nearest are needing support and we are uncertain how best to move along and help.

And in a strange way this helps me realise my powerlessness to help unless otherwise indicated. To make the offer is done, the practicalities are beyond me and the truth is sometimes we are not needed and quite honestly would be in the way.

So learning all round for me. To be sober and available and let time deal the needs and wants and requirements. And I realise I would want the same consideration again, as was given me when I had things I did not know could be managed or dealt with.

Extremes

The chair tonight was excellent showing us the extremes we have in our living and doing over the years. In active addiction or alcoholism we do find ourselves at the extreme ends of best case scenarios of feelings and great elation, or the opposite of worst case scenarios and feelings of wanting to end living at all.

We Alcoholics

Well this one anyway got used to great swings in mood and feeling about life. And the truth is somewhere in there, that mass of churning was me merely desiring an ordinary life.

This One Alcoholic - Me In Recovery

I can see the distance travelled towards this elusive place where ordinary resides. In the big scheme of life, ordinary has a certain feel of safety in the theory of getting there and then in practice, it gave me great discomfort, because I had no clue what ordinary was!

Ordinary for Me In Recovery

This gave me the greatest anxieties as ordinary meant I was in an unfamiliar place, where the rush and churn to joy or sadness became something else in between. A place of peaceful reflection, and then that bothered me more because it was new and I had no real gift of living ordinary.

I hope this makes sense to those who read my words. And indeed tonight the person sharing and maybe was really facing a similar dilemma, as they recollected panic at ordinary and the disturbance caused led to paranoia that something imagined might happen to make life fall to pieces again. I know these feelings too well to comment further, other than it felt as odd can be to be in that ordinary place.

Truth sets us Free

It does once we understand the greatest gift is seeing the world without denial and filters and the discomfort of truth is wondering what is round the next corner of the next day..

So Tonight

I have some unknowns about people I care about deeply, and they are as concerned as anyone may be about outcomes. I don’t have the words or the ability to share further on the matter presently and may not in future. This is how it may be, I don’t know.

What I do know most though that sobriety has given me the gift to be about, to be available, to be me. And just finding myself hearing so much of my story tonight told by another and then general sharing from others which makes me realise I am just another human, no bigger or smaller. That nature and providence make our ingredients and mixture.

The gift of Intellect

Is no gift without complimentary gifts of emotion and feeling. And the gift of understanding life is often so true to our basic nature, we fail to see it as we move into a complicated civilised, so called society.

As I have mentioned a few hundred times in my journal, the truth of spiritual is to experience not only the extremes of nature and providence, it is to find great depth and meaning in the ordinary of living in the day.

Denial beckons as truth hurts, the spirit is challenged as we deal with every part of living. How can we accept so bold and often without rhyme or reason what life deals?

I guess as I have found acceptance of my true state, just the same as any other being on the planet, completely powerless over most everything that nature and providence affords.

Acceptance

Is not something we learn too well these days, the life lived is far removed from nature often and we cannot understand how life is when we are in extremes and not ourselves. This middle path for me, may help and ,make me useful as never before to some who may welcome the support. Its not my call or judgment.

We need work with what we have and make of every day what we can. And with great care share and be around as we are asked. Or not and this is how it may be.

It has been a hard road to where I am today. And hearing another share, and more shares on how we may cherish and keep faith with those we love, is our best guide to our part in each day as it unfolds.

Work as best we can, endeavour and keep with the spiritual connection experienced here and now, and as asked, answer with endeavour and presence in whatever form it may be. I will be there.





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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.

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Outgoing PM to resign from parliament today - Brown engineers first victory over Cameron

Patrick Wintour, political editor

A new political order in Britain will take shape this afternoon when Tony Blair flies to his Sedgefield constituency to resign from parliament with immediate effect, and Gordon Brown enters No 10 to prepare a shakeup of government which will see at least six ministers quit the cabinet.

Mr Brown's allies said the new ministerial line-up would be deliberately inclusive, and not settle scores with Mr Blair's supporters.

Mr Blair had planned to keep the decision to quit as an MP secret until after his 318th and final prime minister's questions at noon today. But news leaked that his local party was being called to an extraordinary meeting to be addressed tonight by Mr Blair.

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Brown’s long and impatient 13-year wait to become PM ends today as Blair bows out of domestic politics Philip Webster, Poltical Editor

Gordon Brown’s long and impatient 13-year wait to become Prime Minister ends today as the man who has held him up for all that time bows out of domestic politics.

Mr Brown will take over from Tony Blair at the age of 56, boosted by the shock defection to Labour last night of the Conservative MP Quentin Davies.

Within hours Mr Blair will announce that he is leaving Parliament to take up a new post as an envoy to the Middle East.

Mr Davies, a pro-European Tory, left his party with a withering attack on David Cameron, telling him that under his leadership the Conservatives have ceased “to believe in anything, or to stand for anything”.

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Gordon Brown answers your questions

Was it wrong to invade Iraq?

Do you believe in God? Any chance of joining the euro?

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In an answer of one word, and with the benefit of hindsight, was it wrong to invade Iraq?

SIMON O'CONNOR, Liverpool

No.

You were the one person who could have stopped Blair signing up to the invasion of Iraq, either by threatening to quit or publicly opposing it. How do you feel about putting your career ahead of the lives of thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of British soldiers?

SARAH HILLS, Guildford

I don't doubt that you hold your views about the war sincerely. We know it has been a divisive issue for our party and our country, but I hope you'll accept that I hold my views sincerely too. There's no doubt that mistakes were made in our planning for what happened after the removal of Saddam, and I think it's important to learn the lessons and to go forward knowing that proper procedures are going to be in place that will command the confidence not just of Parliament but the confidence of the public. We will learn all the lessons that need to be learnt.

Do you ever wake in the night and think of all those dead Iraqi children?

ANN PHILLIPS, by email

Any such loss of life is a tragedy. As Prime Minister, I will work tirelessly for peace and security for all the children in Iraq, and for the safe return of our armed forces once their job is done.

After the nightmare of Iraq, will you promise not to join any American invasion of Iran?

CALLUM MACINTYRE, Aberdeen

There is no plan to attack Iran. We have always wanted to resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear programme through diplomacy and negotiation. This means we must work through the UN and the EU as we have done each time Iran has failed to comply with the will of the international community. In turn Iran must take its responsibilities seriously and comply fully with the Security Council's resolutions.

How will life be different under a Brown government?

JOHN BROOKS, by email

I will let you answer that question in a year's time. I hope you'll say you feel safer on the streets and more prosperous, more confident in your local schools and hospitals, and you'll have a bit more trust in the political system. Generally, I hope you'll say you think the Government's on your side and listening to you.

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Brown prepares to succeed Blair June 27 2007

Gordon Brown is set to become prime minister, bringing to an end Tony Blair's 10 years in power.

Mr Blair will see the Queen and leave office after his final prime minister's questions session in the Commons and saying farewell to Downing St staff.

Mr Brown is then expected to travel to meet the Queen, who will formally offer him the role in the early afternoon.

Mr Brown is expected to begin his Cabinet reshuffle by naming the next chancellor and home secretary.

Priorities

Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling, a close ally of Mr Brown, is widely tipped to become chancellor.

John Reid has also said he will step down as home secretary, leaving another Cabinet seat empty.

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June 27 1991: Yugoslav troops move against Slovenia

Yugoslav tanks, troops and aircraft have swept into the small republic of Slovenia, 48 hours after it declared independence.

Federal forces moved to seize control of border crossing points with Italy, Austria and Hungary and launched an assault on the airport near the province's capital, Ljubljana.

More government tanks rolled into a town in neighbouring Croatia, which is also seeking independence. At least seven people have died and 100 have been reported injured in the clashes so far.

The Slovene administration has rejected a call by the Yugoslav prime minister for a three-month truce to allow negotiations to take place, demanding troops be withdrawn first.

Road access to the capital has been blocked by police and paramilitary forces from the self-declared state. The government in Ljubljana said they had seized or destroyed 15 tanks and shot down six helicopters.

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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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