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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.

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September 28 2007

DonInLondon - ĎDay in the Lifeí Recovery Good For A Day

Seems right to me, that recovery from anything is just in the day. As a fan of Alcoholics Anonymous, and not a purveyor of the God of any understanding a few things have been difficult for me. Especially when giving a chair about spiritual.

At least these days I am more sure of what I do not understand and less certain on what others may have come to understand.

Analysis Paralysis

It is a well trodden path. And the whole concept of God for me is truly easy. I am not god and if I decide to behave like God, I will surely lose the plot.

Yet this time last year Tony Blair offered his God as his judge and jury, not the world as we know it. A bit of a cop out for the fundamentalist in all of us. That God will give two pence for what we have done in his name? God if there is one is above all that. We are judged as we behave by our peers, our friends, our family and the man on the Clapham Omnibus!

Truth

Is the key to spiritual growth in the moment of now. I am pretty certain this so, as any deviation from it makes my head ache these days. And yet my truth is selective to me and how I see the world. So your truth has as much weight as mine in my book of rules to living.

Indeed we are lucky to find anything resembling truth in early recovery from obsessions and addictions. So Tony Blair and his obsessions to do the good he was meant to do, and his judgment is he will be judged not by history, but by some divinity I cannot get a grip on.. Well maybe I donít have the sense or wit to understand, and so it may be.

Honesty

We like honesty? Not sure we do, I have tried it many times and had a slap across the chops because of it. Yet honesty is appealing, sharing our insides out can be very difficult as any of us knows. And we develop our honesty as truth of life emerges and we make some sense or nonsense.

Cherish

We need cherish people, we need not be superficial or indifferent to their feelings. And this leads us to desperate dishonesty often, and then we imagine the outcomes and consequences. All good grist for the mill of uncertainty.

As Time goes By

Everything changes by the day, there is nothing as certain as uncertainty. And we love it and hate it.

Control

We are best controlling nothing but our own behaviour and seeking our connections and being as good as we might be. Yet we still find even in honest talk, the dishonest amelioration when what we say is less helpful to those we share with.

Powerless

I s best, to see we are powerless over people places and things, and to make the best of what works in the day.

Love

Our deep, and our prime drive in life, to love and be loved. So hard as we fit and comport to patterns we have learned from past generations and everyone we encounter. We merely learn the human condition and love as we are taught and then wonder a lifetime often where our love isÖ

Safe

We need find places where we keep safe, explore and understand the way we are every day. I am lucky to have a fellowship which helps me accept that what I do, and how I am is a transition and never complete. I need learn every day about me and my life, and everyone I meet and encounter.

Never smooth life is hard work, its not for waiting, its for doing as well. And we need be careful as we travel, our life is short, our impact is least on those who never know truth is as we perceive, and yet those perceptions we hold to our ending. Best let go and let in the light of living with love, or not love, and finding the difference so we may share as life intends.




September 27th 2006

End of Days

Wow what a speech by the PM [Tony Blair]. I was amazed how well he delivered his words and its good to see a great performance. I have my own views on the content, and thatís ok. It took my attention away from what I have done with my specs, I think I left them at the Town Hall, so am going back to hope they are thereÖ

Meanwhile its been an ok day

After getting my blog entry accepted, it was me, mea culpa, too many words from a song and copyright problems because of it. It disturbs me a little, I realise now my entries are being moderated because of it, so I wonít be using the words from songs to emphasise my moods and feelings.

Spaced Out - how I am feeling

I donít know if the new regime is quite right for me with the medication, my head is full of cold too, so not sure what is really going on. I feel very odd and not quite here. Time will tell. And blood sugar was high at 10.9. Colds do this to sugar levels

I felt better after my meeting last night. I met up with a friend who is really going through the mill with their depression. And we discussed our various conditions. She is convinced I may be bi polar, given my preponderance to long bouts of hyperactivity. I am not so sure, it may take more to convince me of this. But the Fry stuff on the Beeb last night, well I may be, but would rather consult my psychiatrist on matters of diagnosis.

The old dogs were barking last night and made me slow down to a crawl. At least last night I shared my whole story with regard to the three major areas of day at a time work, type 1 diabetes and what I do, clinical depression and how it is controlled and recovery of course. The fellows who listened got it, well I think they did. And that the recovery programme was the major influence enabling me to keep as well as a person can with a triumvirate of ailments to contend with.

I am still unsure whether anyone is really interested in the whole story in my fellowship, and I really only shared the totality because my friend mentioned how they are dealing with their depression and it felt right to support her and let others see, the programme helps in all matters of living.

Of course acceptance of our ailments is really the key to keeping well. And its acceptance we often donít really understand. Acceptance is admitting our situation, and then the actions required to keep as well as we can, and know we are not going to return to what might be called normal. Whatever normal is defined as these days. I donít worry about that anymore, and thatís part of acceptance. And I guess whatever my psychiatrist might say about what form of depression I really have is part of this too. I donít mind what it is, as long as I do the right thing to keep as well as is possible. No more, no less.

Cat sitting, smiles. I get to have fizzy water when I visit. And its good to help out. And good for my family to be able to go away and not worry about me. But I will keep in touch with my Brother too, heĎs at home just 50 miles away. He may be far away, but he likes to know whatís what.

So onwards and find my specs, without them I do get concerned. And with the conference on Friday for the NHS, seeing helps with whatever I might do. Nerves are showing on this, in a good way though.

A day at a time!

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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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