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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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A Vision For You? DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

All About Yesterday -

As I write my journal and publish the following day. And tonight is Saturday night, back from my local AA meeting at the ‘old curiosity shop,’ better known as the Response Book shop in Brompton Road. Its near and early evening and allows me time to go and be with my fellow recovering alcoholics in the meeting. More like friends actually. And still sometimes my anger on matters to do with recovery can spill into the spiritual connection I get today and every day.

Anger

I am cross and angry, not raging but aware that some in our fellowship behave according to imperatives they learn and feel happy to observe. Some adopt a natural way back to sobriety without the help of medical interventions. And for me tonight I felt frustration for a situation which medical science is doing its best to sort out.

Vision For Us

I understand there is some reluctance in some parts of AA to follow the suggestions not only of AA, but to ignore medical science and what Doctors may suggest to help their patients.

Quaint and Antiquated Views

Some in AA, believe medical advice on depression and especially clinical depression is caused by alcohol and that as a consequence, when we get sober we don’t need any medication to keep mentally well.

Some in AA believe God removes chemical imbalances we have. Well the only one maybe I can understand is the chemical imbalance we caused ourselves with alcohol. So if a person is depressed by alcohol, certainly stopping the alcohol can lead to complete recovery of ones wits.

Chemistry And Biology

For thousands of years, mankind has studied these scientific areas of life. And the medical profession and scientific studies have advanced greatly even in the last century.

Maladies

Some of us are born with natural imperfections and chemistry imbalances. And this is my issue tonight.

I have clinical depression and know now it’s a life long condition, my study of me, my scientific understanding and highly qualified medical experts have made this understanding clear to me.

Being an alcoholic several years into recovery now, I know the difference between "reactive depression" and "chemical/biological/clinical depression" where there are deficits in my body systems. Both actually caused by the wrong chemical balance, one a reaction and often a burnout of our chemistry, the reactive. And then the chemical deficit type of depression which is just what it is, a deficit in chemistry.

Being type 1 diabetic too I don‘t make insulin anymore. And if I don’t provide insulin for my body, I starve and die. As with insulin and other hormones being produced, without insulin the rest of the head chemistry can become imbalanced too, simply because things go out of balance.

Modern science has made chemical products to keep my balance in my brain function.

Anti Depressant Meds - When Will People Learn?

Anti depressants are NOT HAPPY PILLS, they don’t make me happy. They provide a supplement for something missing in me, that is chemistry to function normal. Anti depressants will make the balance in my chemistry better, so I may function as normal people do. I have a chance at normal where everyone may function good or bad as life affords. I can be good tempered and bad tempered, ordinary depressed or ordinary happy as a result of taking my medication.

God - Dogma and Stupidity

In our world of nature and Providence has made it possible for us to unlock the secrets of genetic codes and often make people better from awful illness and disability

God made Doctors - God made Scientists

If there is a God he has given humanity the wit and wisdom to medical advances which keeps people alive.

Emotional and Spiritual Progress

Is a condition of finding a place of normality and making sure we can live to our best with the aid of modern medicine and science. Mankind can do two things

Mankind can ignore Medical Science

Mankind can delude himself that God will keep him safe

Emotional and Spiritual well being, the ability to see life on life’s terms means we utilise science and medicine to get to be the normal we can, as best we can to see reality as it is.

Believe in God and Believe in Mankind

God made us able, or Nature and Providence did? Does it matter? Actually no!!

Spiritual Matters

What matters above all, is how we make our spiritual living work, that is taking life on the chin and not listening to quacks, spiritual guru’s often self appointed, often self centred egocentric fuck wits, who suggest people can live well when they having mental illnesses and deficits which can be treated by modern science.

The spiritual imperative for man is simply finding that path of wisdom which makes life work a day at a time. The here and now, the zeitgeist of life itself ephemeral and often mistaken by deluded people with visions and trips in fantasy which imbue them with insights others are unable to emulate. Why? Because they are fantasy of course and the deluded make mystics of themselves or others do, simply because they want higher consciousness as their ego demands.. Guru’s are not our touchstones to God or Redemption.

So from the AA Vision for You

[ A VISION FOR YOU!

Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.

Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.

May God bless you and keep you—until then. ]

Denial?

Is this denial? I don’t feel it is, because we believe what we believe. It can only be denial if proven so by people with more wits than me, but my gut reaction is a God would suggest I follow a path Spiritual. And a path aided and supported by medical science and fellows with gumption and pragmatism.

Good Conscience

The good conscience of AA is formed by each group in fellowship the group determine and make the suggestions and recommendations for AA to pass on its message to any person seeking sobriety. And every single member of AA has his own path to live in life. Some with god, some with Good Conscience or both because both get us to spiritual connection a day at a time. Unless of course we are lazy and feel God will do it for us, then we are deluded I would suggest. Salvation is now not in the hereafter where it may be a done deal.. Heaven or Hell? You don’t get to decide.

You may feel I would argue like mad against the Vision for you described. I don’t of course because whatever we believe in, if we are imbued with good conscience, then we can find our spiritual connection to living a day at a time.

Why Am I angry tonight?

I feel annoyed that some follow a path of worse destruction when they are often misheard, misunderstood and misdiagnosed by well meaning ignorant AA’s who feel God is the cure all. Of course if there is a God, and he, she or it understands our nature, then this whole mess could be put right, right now. Or are we here to learn how to live and live well with each other?

Why I will go to bed with Good Conscience to help me sleep?

Is because I do believe in a spiritual path, that is life on life’s terms. That I follow medical support and science to keep me well as can be made so. And get to be as normal and right sized as you who read my words.

I am not bigger or smaller in this world. I may have a short life left, and can live it to the best that Nature, Providence and science enable. That if there is a God, he gave us gumption to follow a path which leads to spiritual living a day at a time, ephemeral and based on our physical emotional and mental capacities.

Most of my anger tonight is about compassion and love of people close to me and some who are unwell. Its easy to believe in God until your world does not work

Break downs in belief -

When you break down with a broken leg, you heal with help from science. When your heart fails you take your medicine. When your head and brain chemistry need help to function, you are a fool if you belief your chemistry can be willed well, because God will make it so. God gave us science and ways to make life work more, for everyone including those of us with deficits in our head chemistry.

Ignore your good sense and conscience at your own peril. And if you influence others to opinion based on pure faith, well history and mankind has evidence a plenty that faith and spiritual are quite different to science and longevity and mental well being.

Trust who you may! I trust my fellows with help and support for spiritual and emotional well being, and definitely medical science for type one diabetes and clinical depression. Suggest to me I follow the advice of a well meaning quack and you will get short shrift from me, a day at a time till life proves otherwise.

May your God and Good Conscience go with you. Until tomorrow..










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Be Tolerant

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

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Sunday July 1, 2007

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Britain was braced last night for a fresh wave of terrorist attacks as the national threat level was raised to 'critical' following an attempted car bombing of Glasgow airport.

Just four days into his premiership, Gordon Brown was dealing with the most dangerous situation facing Britain since the attacks on London in July 2005. Police and intelligence officers confirmed that there was a direct link between the Scottish attack and the attempted car bombing of London on Friday - confirming the reality of a renewed UK offensive by Islamist extremists.

Last night the Prime Minister summoned intelligence chiefs and ministers before the Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall to discuss the deteriorating security situation. It was agreed to raise the threat level to the highest degree possible, a decision that confirmed another attack is expected imminently.

In a televised address from Downing Street, a sombre-faced Brown urged people to be 'vigilant' and support the police and security services. He said: 'I know that the British people will stand together, united, resolute and strong.'

As night fell, armed police began stopping vehicles entering airports throughout the UK after warnings were circulated that a nationwide terror cell is preparing more attacks. Liverpool John Lennon airport was closed at 8.30pm while police investigated a suspect vehicle. Glasgow airport too remained closed.

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BRITAIN was last night put on its highest state of security alert after an attempted car firebombing at Glasgow airport raised fears of a new wave of terrorist attacks.

Gordon Brown placed the country on a “critical” threat level, indicating that MI5 believes a terrorist attack is expected “imminently”.

In yesterday’s attack in Glasgow, two Asian-looking men crashed a car into the airport’s main terminal building. Police are linking it to the failed car bomb attack in London’s West End early on Friday morning.

Two men were arrested at the airport. Early this morning antiterrorist police announced they had arrested two further people in Cheshire in connection with the attack.

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Terror at Terminal 1: Horrific scenes as two men crash Jeep into airport July 1 2007



'The man was on fire, like a scene from a horror film'. Horrified eyewitnesses describe the moment when two 'Asian-looking' men rammed a burning 4x4 into the terminal of Glasgow airport and the dramatic struggle that followed

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Published: 01 July 2007

Britain was on maximum alert last night after a burning 4x4 Jeep Cherokee was rammed into the terminal building at Glasgow airport, triggering fears that the two failed car bombs in London marked the start of an organised terror campaign.

With Britain in the grip of a new wave of terror attacks, the Government raised its threat assessment to "critical", the highest level indicating that further attacks are imminent.

Yesterday afternoon, passengers waiting to check in for flights from Glasgow scattered as the blazing vehicle, said to have two Asian men inside, smashed into the building at speed and became jammed in an entrance at 3.11pm. According to witnesses, one man climbed out and tried to throw more petrol on the flames from a canister, while the other sought to force the Jeep further into the terminal as people ran screaming from the scene.

"There was absolute chaos," said a witness, James Edgar. " [The driver] was very close to getting to a place that was holding maybe 200 people. There was no emotion on his face whatsoever. The crowd were shouting at him, but he just stared straight ahead."

Police raced over and struggled with the two men, one of whose clothes were on fire. "He looked like something from a horror film," said Robin Patterson, from Rochester in Kent. "His skin was peeling, his hair was all burnt. You couldn't see what colour he was, just that he was a big man." According to onlookers, the man briefly struggled free and tried to open the boot of the vehicle before he was finally dragged away.

Police said last night there had been no intelligence prior to the incident that Scotland was about to be attacked. They said they were treating the incident as a terrorist attack and that it was linked to the failed car bombings in London on Friday.

Chief Constable Willie Rae of Strathclyde Police said two men were arrested following the incident. One man, with severe burns, was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. The emergency department there was then evacuated after a "suspect device" was discovered on him. The man is said to be in a critical condition. Police would not elaborate on the nature of the device, but said it was being investigated and all areas of the Royal Alexandra had later been reopened. Amazingly, only one other person, who was treated for a leg injury, was hurt in the incident.

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Four held amid UK terror alerts July 1 2007

Police are now holding four people following an attack on Glasgow Airport that is being linked to the discovery of two car bombs in London's West End.

The UK has moved to its highest level of terror alert - critical - after a burning car crashed into the airport.

Two men were arrested, one of whom is in hospital with severe burns, after the attack on Saturday afternoon.

Two further arrests were made on the M6 in Cheshire overnight, but no further details are available.

'Critical condition'

An eyewitness to the arrests, Peter Whitehead told BBC News 24 that three cars straddled the motorway and brought traffic to a halt.

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July 1 1997: Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control

Hong Kong has been handed back to the Chinese authorities - ending more than 150 years of British control.

The British flag was lowered over Government House - home to the last Governor Chris Patten for the past five years - at midnight last night.

The flag was presented to Mr Patten who was then driven off in his official Rolls Royce, before the car was handed over to Tung Chee-hwa, the territory's Chief Executive.

In his farewell speech, Mr Patten said: "The story of this great city is about the years before this night and the years of success that will surely follow it."

Britain has controlled Hong Kong island since 1842 - apart from a brief period during World War II when the Japanese took over.

A huge fireworks display lit up Victoria Harbour at 2000 local time. One hour later, 4,000 guests sat down to a banquet in the Convention Centre on the harbour front, while 509 Chinese troops crossed the land border into Hong Kong.

Among the guests for the final handover ceremony at the Convention Centre were Prince Charles, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign Secretary Robin Cook and Chris Patten. Chinese dignitaries included President Jiang Zemin, Premier Li Peng, Foreign Minister Qian Qichen and military leader General Zhang Wannian.

Final farewell

In Beijing the ceremony was watched on giant screens erected in Tiananmen Square.

At the stroke of midnight, the red digits of the countdown clock turned to zero and the handpicked crowd roared its approval.

Shortly afterwards, Prince Charles and Mr Patten boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia and waved a final farewell to the strains of Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

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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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