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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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Sabotage - DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

Sabotage, to damage, destroy, or disrupt something deliberately is often something we Alcoholics make happen when we are unhappy with the world. Self sabotage is a self destructive element most of us have when we are sorry and saddened by life. We can all have fugue moments. And for anyone they are bad enough, for alcoholics and addicts, it’s often a subconscious plan to make a drink or drug all possible again.

Today - Sunday

What a day, full of reminders and some good ones all about the last year. it’s the Earls Court Festival, the second one I have seen sober. And really it was better this time, footloose and fancy free, and more myself these days. Change for me has been steady and pretty slow, getting to understand what makes me tick these days, and what to do with maladies that never go away.

Even though I have more to deal with on a daily basis than some, just to achieve somewhere near normal living, it has been possible because of AA and diligence and trying to do the right things I am here at all. And this is a rare day when I can have a pat on the back for just existing.

This morning and tonight I went to AA meetings and saw the Earls Court Market and took photo’s at midday. Just before the rain tumbled down. And its still rained some more ,and more forecast the next few days. Rain is not depressing in itself, but does not help keep my spirits up. I love sunshine and shade rather than raindrops and umbrellas.

As we discussed sabotage this morning and how we can fool ourselves about our recovering status we realise there are many triggers to relapse for us in the recovering communities.

Love and loss of love

Well this pretty much covers everything we might find to make us happy and unhappy. For each of us the temptations to give ourselves a break and our unswerving optimism can trigger events which lead to relapse. And we shared this morning around real events in our lives and how we dealt with the harder moments in meetings as well as the good things we can celebrate as life goes on in a normal sort of pattern.

Most people don’t have second thoughts about alcohol, they either drink or don’t as the fancy takes them. And long may it be so for everyday occasions and normal people. But we who have quit drink a day at a time, we will always be watchful and mindful of dangerous situations which can lead to that first drink.

One is never enough and a thousand will not give us that warm security it once offered.

Sadness and Sharing

For me this morning sharing my concerns and sadness for family and one who is not so well, it made me able to deal with my feelings as they come and not try control them or use them as some excuse to go take a tipple and find myself undone..

Its been hard actually over these last few years, and maybe I don’t share the harshness of it all, because its simply too grim. But people know in my fellowship how hard the battle for sobriety is, and we know going backwards and trying again is never going to be the solution.

So I share my feelings as best I can. And when we know someone for many years and we have no power to make things right, we do feel the sadness and the will to wish another well. Powerless I am, over people places and things, it brings me to acceptance.

Acceptance?

Not so quick for me. I take my time and acceptance is truly something we learn for each event as life happens, same as the spiritual condition we experience as life goes along. We cannot store up acceptance or our spiritual condition, always one day long and good for that day only.

I speak to my Mother regularly these days and she shares her wisdom of the years. My mother has spent a lifetime learning all there is in spiritual through her endeavours and teachings. And following a pretty safe path of living in the day and the moment. Fortunately not an addict or alcoholic, I get those qualities from my Father who died years ago, an unhappy man and always at odds with this world. I loved him dearly for all his humanness.

No blame here by the way, genetics and nature and providence deliver us where we are and we can work with what we learn and how we are.

Tonight a solid and straightforward meeting of experience strength and hope. I listened and had nothing to add to what people shared about life and living.

A good principle share on living life in the moment and not taking hostages these days. Which means not being a hostage to alcohol for us and not making prisoners of people we think or feel we love.

Codependence and Best Friends

A much misunderstood state of being. And I will not try and share what it means other than most of us who relied on a substance to fix ourselves daily were most likely codependent on alcohol or drugs.

Those of us who survive long enough after the drug of choice has gone, understand our behaviour has most likely caused havoc and dismay and truly awful times for anyone who knew us and lived with us. And sobriety makes us see our ways and how not to be so again.

Clinical Depression

It was also a relief for a share from another on this crippling and very difficult medical condition. Clinical depression which I shared about this morning is the darkest of times. And it will play itself through cycles where sometimes we are free of it and then it returns without any change in us or our situation, and can leave us stricken.

Stricken

A word used recently, and very poignantly. Stricken, when we are deeply or very badly affected by something such as grief, misfortune, or trouble. How many times are we all stricken?

Sometimes we utilise our feelings to push ourselves beyond boundaries. Faith can move mountains in many ways, and yet when we are stricken, we find the hardest moments and truth detestable, as I do in current days.

And as I find acceptance and live each hour and day as can be, I feel for others so stricken. And with compassion and love I will stick with fellowship, keep myself available and be there as asked.

When we are truly powerless and can do nothing but be loving and aware, we play our part when needed. And we need not trample or disturb because its not about us.

Powerless is not useless, as useful comes when needed. We do well to heed boundaries and understand what is, is. A day at a time feels my only plan for now, as it has been for some years. Changes by the day, we learn as we may and share as we do.

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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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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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Race to break terror cell July 2 2007




· Members of al-Qaida group run by 'Mr Big' still at large

· Five arrested bomb suspects were not born in Britain

· Glasgow and London attempts linked as probe gathers pace

Vikram Dodd and Severin Carrell

Police and the security services are still hunting for at least three members of an al-Qaida linked terrorist cell suspected of attempting to commit mass murder using car bombs in London and Glasgow. Counter-terrorism officers believe the cell has at least eight members, linked by a controlling "Mr Big".

The hunt led police to make five arrests at the weekend and raid a number of addresses across England and Scotland, amid fears that there could be another attempted attack. Two of those arrested were said to be doctors.

The Jeep attack on Saturday at Glasgow airport, a day after two failed attempts to bomb targets in central London, triggered a decision to take the UK to its highest state of alert.

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One of the terror suspects who jumped from the burning Jeep in the attack on Glasgow airport. He and his alleged accomplice are now in hospital

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The terrorist group behind the latest wave of bombing plots has not yet been neutralised and other attacks could hit cities in the United Kingdom, security sources told The Times yesterday.

As the head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command confirmed that the two car bombs discovered in London and the blazing Jeep incident at Glasgow airport were linked, a source said: “There is a group of individuals out there who have the capability and the intent to carry out attacks in the UK.

“In our judgment it is very likely there will be further attacks.”

The alert status was raised to “critical” at the weekend and will stay there until MI5 and the police are sure that there are no further attacks being planned by the cell. Those responsible for parking two bomb-primed cars in the West End are still on the run

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By Kim Sengupta and Colin Brown

Police carried out a series of raids and made a number arrests across the country yesterday, while a car was blown up in a hospital car park during a day of dramatic developments after the terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow.

A controlled explosion was carried out at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, where one of two men arrested at Glasgow airport, critically injured from his burns, was receiving medical treatment under armed police guard. Police said the vehicle was linked to the attack at the airport, where a burning Jeep was driven into the terminal on Saturday afternoon, as well as to addresses being searched near Glasgow.

The police and the security services stated that the two incidents in London and Glasgow were linked and that some members of the group that had carried them out remain free.

The man receiving treatment at the Royal Alexandra Hospital was the driver of the Jeep. Also under arrest is his 27-year-old companion.

Yesterday, raids took place in the town of Houston, in Renfrewshire, in the aftermath of the Glasgow attack. According to local reports, an insular group of people had moved into the area about six weeks ago. Police officers wearing white overalls were seen coming in and out of a semi-detached house in the town six miles west of Glasgow.

South of the border, a 27-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were arrested on the M6 motorway in Cheshire. A 26-year-old man was also arrested in Liverpool, while raids were also carried out in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire. All three are being held at Paddington Green police station in central London. Three of the five arrested suspects are believed to be foreign nationals.

As the hunt for the terrorist cell spread across the country, the national security alert was raised to the highest possible state of "critical" .

Gordon Brown said there would be intensive police checks at airports, pubs and clubs and on the roads for the foreseeable future. The new Prime Minister added that it was "clear" that the attacks had been` perpetrated by those associated with al-Qa'ida.

Liverpool's John Lennon airport had been closed overnight on Saturday following a terrorist alert there. Glasgow airport was reopened yesterday, with about 20 flights cancelled. Stricter security checks have been brought into other airports across Britain.

At a press conference in Glasgow, where the registration number of the green Jeep Cherokee used in the airport attack ­ L808 RDT ­ was issued, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, said: "I am confident ­ absolutely confident ­ that in the coming days and weeks we will be able to gain a thorough understanding of the methods used by the terrorists, of the way in which they planned their attacks, and the network to which they belong."

But the former Scotland Yard commissioner Lord Stevens, who will soon take over as the Prime Minister's security adviser, stated: "The terror of 7/7 was awful enough, but now al-Qa'ida has imported the tactics of Baghdad and Bali to the streets of the UK. And it will get worse before it gets better ... There is growing suspicion that al-Qa'ida operatives ­ possibly British- born ­ have returned from Iraq as well as Afghanistan to guide, direct and influence groups here."

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Car bombings suspect 'on the run' July 2 2007

Detectives are still urgently hunting people suspected of involvement in the attempted car bombings in London and at Glasgow Airport.

Five people were arrested at the weekend, but at least one suspect is still believed to be on the run.

Those held so far include a qualified medical doctor. Police say none of the suspects is British in origin.

Police are linking the failed bombings and the UK remains on high alert amid fears of a possible further attack.

The terror alert level was raised to critical - its highest level - after a Jeep Cherokee, loaded with gas cylinders, crashed into the doors of Glasgow Airport's main terminal and burst into flames on Saturday afternoon.

Not intimidated

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith defended the decision not to raise the terror alert level to critical earlier in the light of suggestions that the new Brown administration could be a target.

She told the BBC that decisions on the level of alert were taken by an independent committee, which properly raised the level to critical after attempted bombings.

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BBC OnLine History July 2 2007

July 2 1964: President Johnson signs Civil Rights Bill

The Civil Rights Bill - one of the most important piece of legislation in American history - has become law.

US President Lyndon B Johnson signed the bill creating equal rights in voting, education, public accommodations, union membership and in federally assisted programmes - regardless of race, colour, religion or national origin.

The bill has caused much controversy since it was introduced last year by President John F Kennedy.

It was signed tonight in the White House five hours after the House of Representatives passed it by 289 to 126 votes.

After the signing, President Johnson shook hands with civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King.

In a television address to the nation he called on US citizens to "eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in America".

"Let us close the springs of racial poison," he said.

'Monstrous oppression'

Parts of the bill take immediate effect, including the "public accommodations" element which means black people can no longer be excluded from restaurants, hotels, bars, cinemas, sports stadia and other public facilities.

Sections on voting rights and desegregation of schools are also enforceable from now and give the Attorney General more power to intervene where necessary.

The section on equal opportunity in employment will not begin to operate for another year and will not be fully effective for five years.

During the debate on the bill, segregationist politicians from America's deep south expressed their disappointment and anger.

Congressman Howard Smith of Virginia called it a "monstrous oppression of the people".

Civil rights activists have welcomed the new law. Roy Wilkins, secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People described it as "the Magna Carta of human rights".

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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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