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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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I am going to be a learner all my days. Learning today a little more about how to take photo’s and what I can do with them. Its one thing I won’t let go, the learning and the doing and how to be a human ‘being.’

Being

Encarta on Being: a person: a human individual, an existence: the state of existing for example the turbulent years during which the new nation came into being. Our essential nature: somebody's essential nature or character like "loved the child with all her being" Or a living thing: a living thing, especially one conceived of as supernatural or not living on Earth. maybe the latter is not what I am most interested in, or maybe this being not of our earth might be a higher power?

Today So Far

I needed to get out, my head was heavy and ached last night, partly weather and a lot of tension. Doing a chair last night. It made me realise a lot of the power we just don’t see when we come into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. I am not suggesting a higher power presently, I am just surprised by the power we humans have for empathy and understanding and caring. So any group of AA is a higher power often and nearly always for me.

Last night "Chairing"

Means I sit at the front of the group and share my story and what life is like for me. And relating the to the eleventh step on prayer and meditation may seem a bit difficult when I don’t yet understand God. And I wonder maybe if I ever will. As I mentioned prayer and meditation for me are tools to help me focus and be me. Good Conscience is my guide informed with wisdom in the rooms of AA.

No Slouch to Life

I have never been a slouch, someone who might be called lazy or good for nothing. And yet good for nothing has haunted me. As self esteem disappeared and I was lost in an ocean of turbulence and used liquor to quell my horror of life, it got pretty awful in no time flat. And stayed so for years and years. Fear drove me to work and held me there as life got more bleak.

Less so now!

Less so now accepting life on life’s terms.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter, the initials are HP, smiles here I don’t relate Harry Potter to being a higher power. Yet it seems to me the character has caught the imagination of generations and seems to extol virtues of good rather than bad and winning the day for the good of all and not just one.

I guess for us all, enthralled by literature and good endings, we hope for the same in life. And when we get disappointed, we can reflect our intentions and good conscience.

Flexibility seems to be a key for me

As I remain a learner in how to be me, and live life as can be, then I shall keep faith and courage to do the next right thing. If others jeer or find me a bit of a good person I hope they don’t mistake me for a "do gooder."

Doing Good

Means for us in fellowship, just keep doing good. Its not about being appreciated or recognised as such, its about what we do and how we help each other and just simply keep faith with human beings, trying to be human.

Mistakes

We learn from our mistakes and sometimes the pain can be immense.

Traditions of AA

There have been some comments usually about what I say and questions about many things on life. Some comments I leave on You Tube as they are offered with sincerity and some less sincere get removed.

Traditions are about safety and keeping the fellowship alive and healthy. Some of us have made time to share our story.

Blogs

My blog has been going for some years and way before I got into fellowship. Blogs reflect the lives of those who write and want to share. Why do we share? I guess because we can and we are judged according to others values. And sometimes when comments are made which are just plain unpleasant they need be removed so the person making them does not feel some time later what they said says more about them than it may about me. But you know some will judge me as they will, its their prison if you like. And my blog is about freedom of choice and the bigger freedom to be oneself. Just to be.

Today

Overall a good day. It was good to meet the man from CBS doing a clip in the Haymarket today. And we shared a few words and took some photo’s he may find. You never know, and you know, he was a gentle man. I have seen the behaviour of other TV reporters and they could learn from the man from CBS! See even I can be judgmental.

Progress and not Perfection

Anyone who gets the message of fellowship and a life of learning is also able to see we are all about making mistakes and learning from them. Some mention has been made of attraction and not promoting AA. And certainly not furthering a career by utilising the connection to being in the fellowship. Indeed the example often given of a person who lapsed and went out drinking again is often the warning to anyone who tries share their recovery that no anonymity at the level of media can be a double edged sword.

Anonymity

In some ways is for the good, as people can find stigma from those around them about having become an alcoholic. Yet the lessons of the rooms and the fellowship of AA is to keep coming back, and work at the programme of recovery because we are worth it.

Hiding

If we were to relapse, the concern seems often to be that it holds a person in a bad light. Actually what we learn is we are human and humans are fallible. And when we hide our dirty washing then its more likely to be salacious and harm is done all round as some in society are looking for that dirt to spread.

Worse if a person who is known to be in AA and then is seen publicly to fail, then the impact might be harmful to AA? I doubt it, if people understand what AA really is and not some idea or concept they imagine.

For me the truth always sets us free to find our true spiritual path. Open, honest and willing we are if we are able to grasp humility.

If nobody knows what keeps me sober most of the time, and for some years now, they may assume I have some superior knowledge, and of course I don’t.
What I have is wisdom of the years in the fellowship which helps me, an ordinary person stay sober.

Anonymity

Is a personal choice, it is not up for debate, and the founders of AA made clear where the dangers are for anyone when making use of something to further some other cause other than sobriety. And all the way through the traditions and the steps of AA it extols a path of authenticity and development of spiritual understanding and living.

Each persons path is their own. No leaders in AA, and no one more important or less important than another. We make our choices and take our lumps as much as we enjoy living free and happy as we may a day at a time.

If by happenstance or dire peril I relapsed it may do for me, and I need get back to sober as fast can be. As we humans make progress and don’t get to be perfect ever, I will work as best I may to keep faith, have courage and develop confidence, simply to be me. I hope I never relapse or am driven to drink again, experience guides me, strength in fellowship and hope always to live as I can, just for today.

And if ever it may happen I may falter, I hope good sense, good conscience and fellowship will help me find my way. Sober I may be, with fellowship and wisdom learned to be an ordinary right sized human. And always very human and being.



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Alan Johnston, the BBC reporter held captive since March, this morning told of his ordeal at the hands of kidnappers he described as 'dangerous and unpredictable'

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Alan Johnston, the BBC reporter held captive since March, described this morning how his kidnappers threatened to kill him and led him outside in handcuffs and a hood.

Speaking at the office of Ismail Haniyeh, the disputed Palestinian prime minister, Johnston told of his three-month ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who were "unpredictable and dangerous" and would be happy, he felt, to watch television as he died.

Johnston was freed just after 3am (1am BST) following intense negotiations to avert a military confrontation between the forces of Hamas and his kidnappers, the Dogmush family, and their militia, the Army of Islam.

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An al-Qaeda leader in Iraq boasted before last week’s failed bombings in London and Glasgow that his group was planning to attack British targets and that “those who cure you will kill you”, The Times has learnt.

The warning was delivered to Canon Andrew White, a senior British cleric working in Baghdad, and could be highly significant as the eight Muslims arrested in the wake of the failed plot are all members of the medical profession.

Canon White told The Times that he had passed the general warning, but not the specific words, to a senior official at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in mid-April. A Foreign Office spokesman said last night that it was forwarding the actual words to the Metropolitan Police.

The Times also learnt yesterday that one of the suspects, the Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, had links to radical Islamic groups, and that several of the eight suspects have now been linked to known extremist radicals listed on MI5’s data base. Canon White, who runs Baghdad’s only Anglican parish, said that he met the al-Qaeda leader on the fringes of a meeting about religious reconciliation held in Amman, the Jordanian capital.

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BBC reporter Alan Johnston set free after 114 day July 4 2007



By Beverley Rouse, PA

Published: 04 July 2007

The kidnapped British journalist Alan Johnston was freed today after almost four months.

The BBC reporter was released from his captors in Gaza in the early hours of this morning and said he felt "the most unimaginable relief".

A British consular official later said that Mr Johnston had set off in a convoy for Jerusalem in the company of British diplomats.

Mr Johnston was the only Western reporter permanently based in Gaza and had been working there for three years when he went missing on 12 March.

Mr Johnston, 45, told the BBC: "It's just the most fantastic thing to be free. It was an appalling experience, being kidnapped, occasionally quite terrifying and I didn't know when it was going to end.

"It became hard to imagine normal life. I dreamed several times of being free but always woke up in that room. It's incredibly good to be out."

He later told a press conference in Gaza: "It's hard to believe that I'm not going to wake up in a minute in that room again."

Mr Johnston said he had been able to listen to the radio after his first two weeks in captivity and heard messages of support.

"It gave me a psychological boost," he added.

"It was amazing to be lying in solitary confinement and hear people from Nigeria, Malaysia or friends from London, colleagues sending messages of support."

At the press conference, Mr Johnston said his kidnappers had initially told him they did not intend to kill or torture him but at 3am on the first night they covered his face with a hood and handcuffed him.

He added: "They were often rude and unpleasant. They did threaten my life a number of times. There was one 24 hour period when they seemed to get very angry and chained me up but that only lasted 24 hours.

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BBC's Gaza correspondent released July 4 2007

BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has been released by kidnappers in the Gaza Strip after 114 days in captivity.

Mr Johnston, 45, was handed over to armed men in Gaza City. He said his ordeal was like "being buried alive" but it was "fantastic" to be free.

And he described how he had been unable to see the sun for three months, and had once been chained for 24 hours.

Rallies worldwide had called for Mr Johnston's release. An online petition was signed by some 200,000 people.

Mr Johnston's father Graham said he and his wife were "overjoyed" at their son's release.

"It's been 114 days of a living nightmare," he said.

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown also expressed his joy at Mr Johnston's release.

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July 4 1976: Israelis rescue Entebbe hostages

Israeli commandos have rescued 100 hostages, mostly Israelis or Jews, held by pro-Palestinian hijackers at Entebbe airport in Uganda.

At about 0100 local time (2200GMT), Ugandan soldiers and the hijackers were taken completely by surprise when three Hercules transport planes landed after a 2,500-mile trip from Israel.

About 200 elite troops ran out and stormed the airport building.

During a 35-minute battle, 20 Ugandan soldiers and all seven hijackers died along with three hostages.

The leader of the assault force, Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, was also shot dead by a Ugandan sentry.

The Israelis destroyed 11 Russian-built MiG fighters, which amounted to a quarter of Uganda's air force.

The surviving hostages were then flown to Israel with a stopover in Nairobi, Kenya, where some of the injured were treated by Israeli doctors and at least two transferred to hospital there.

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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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