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DonInLondon - ‘Day In the Life’ Raining Heavy Yet Light Hearted. Progress is not about being right, its about understanding how to live truth and change, modify and move with the times

Much To Do

Seems and feels like there is much to do. Two meetings today, yet again. When I get the feeling lots may be going wrong I go to meetings and make sure I try and keep to a routine. My routine is simply and often about making sure I deal with everything suggested with regard to recovery, to chronic ailment management, fatigue and much that many really don’t get to know about.

Misinterpretation

A big word for big issues often. And in this modern world in this country I do get to hear how businesses are doing from others in my fellowship and people who work in business organisations.

And of course in our family and friends relationships, we think we might agree and still misunderstandings keep us locked into all manner of misnomers.

Someone wrote they had fitted in a situation the other day, I took it to mean they had some physical fit, when in fact they were saying they just fitted in nicely with what was happening.

And again tonight a little bit of misunderstanding around organisations came to the fore. Listening and sharing we got there in the end, and there was no place for disagreement at all. Funny we feel we are in a place of understanding and we are not. Good that we kept going long enough to understand and find common ground. In this world it can be rare and we end up at cross purposes.

Safe Passage

Safety of information has become a really big issue in the last day or so, where 25 million records went missing for people reliant on help for child care and social benefits. Not a good thing for a government to have to own up to. Especially as it was at a time when our new Prime minister, Gordon Brown was in charge of affairs back then. A calamity.

As Brown emerges as a faltering type, his integrity wanes badly. And maybe rightly.

Matters Recovery

Two excellent meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, where I get to understand reality so often. All about family and growing up, people being reunited and people still in dark conflict with everything. What I learn is we all have bad times in our history, and the recovery for each of us has deep challenges which make us learn life all over again.

No Guarantees

In modern life we seem to look for long term safety and stability. The UK is teetering on the brink of many social questions and financial ones too. With American Financial markets coming unstuck, the worst is yet to come.

AA Guarantees

In my fellowship of AA, people work a day at a time, realise that life is not so secure, and can be good or bad as the day offers. With a clear head and clarity to focus our living in the day, we often do better than we ever did with a drink inside us. Soberly we can handle much that used to baffle and cause us endless concerns. The guarantee from AA? Is simply to endeavour, do our best and accept how things turn out, without resort to trying to fix or manipulate, or go for a drink. We learn clarity, that is the as far as maybe it can be.

Absolute Truth

There are no cast iron copper bottomed guarantees where life may lead. Indeed we learn how truth helps, that we can misunderstand, believe and have faith and yet still that is not going to make the world turn to our whim and determined efforts of security.

The gift of sobriety, is clarity, knowing boundaries and being a part of living. Included we can be mostly, and often excluded too, we learn to live life as is
A day only, and as best we can.

Sober, we can show up for life, one day at a time.

A Call to Arms - Plastic Armour

I was sharing last night about how it was in my childhood years. Playing came top of course, and always we had games like, Cowboys and Indians, Bows and Arrows. Some of the time these games and playtimes were more dangerous as we utilised real bows and arrows and real guns and air rifles. Some kids had access because where we lived people had these weapons close to hand.

We all played and often we made up games. We have armour of course for some games, plastic armour I recall. A bit of a metaphor for much of life. Plastic Armour not really good enough to stop the sharp barbs of real arrows and gun pellets and the odd 22 round.

Like life we have emotional armour, sometimes solid and dependable, yet the reality of today allows me to feel every sharp dig, every shot made. And today I feel both the dig and wound as it is, not so big it can roll me off the tightrope of sobriety, big enough to impact, to be felt and still repair and make good.

Armour

Armed with a sober head it feels like today, what I might have defended for decades is laid open to scrutiny and to challenge. I don’t feel the rise of ego when challenged, that brittle overcoat so easy to mistake for toughness. These days the toughness is not to stop the challenge but to let in the new information and deal, change modify or assert what I know.

Its not about right or wrong anymore…

Indeed the changing world forever moving along. If we hold fast to positions and opinion and stoically defend what has obviously changed, we will feel pain and loss.

Its about learning and growing and understanding as many points of view which help resolve and find a particular truth of today.

A few days ago, I heard one or two complain the Alcoholics Anonymous has changed from the good old days. It certainly has, as the world changes and the people change, then we need change too. Old notions need not be thrown away, and still we need not hark back to olden days, for they are truly gone.

Leadership and society

At the moment the leadership of civilised societies is in a major shift. The old ways don’t work, the new ways are hardly any better, yet the revolution of man keeps on happening no matter what.

Good For a Day

Sobriety and life, lived in the moment. If a person gets this subtle understanding, what has passed by is the past.

Leadership in AA

There are no leaders, and when the assertion is made about wise old timers who really understand, the leadership of AA is the movement itself, its principles and values and traditions.

Human Nature

It is human nature to define right and wrong. We can do this for ourselves and not for anyone else, or we take others power and choices away. An old timer from the other day asserted their leadership influenced and made good what others had undone. Ego lives free and unfettered in every breath when we have no confidence in this ever changing world. And that is the road to perdition. Where hell is at our heels rather than new beginnings and redemption.
Flow

Go with the flow and understand change where it is necessary. Leaders don’t stop challenge and change, they lead and make it good.

Clarity and Boundaries

Clarity in expression, openness and willing offer every human an opportunity to keep on the path of living in solutions and not trapped in problems made by fallible and flawed desires to adhere to old and redundant outlooks.




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Take Care

When people say hello they say goodbye and "take care." Take care? What do we take care of? These days I know more about taking care of myself, more than ever in my life. What do I take care about. Living just one day.

Choice

I have choices today because I am leaving my old life behind and moving along just one day at a time. Choices in my life have been limited by my fears and my bravery. Now I make choices with courage and fortitude.

Fear needs bravery, bravery needs fear. Fortitude and courage comes from our faith in ourselves and our humanity. Humanity, is faith that we can do the right thing. Doing the right thing requires objectivity and understanding, and of course good conscience.

Fellowship

Makes life and living possible just one day at a time and making a bridge back to living in the normal world, whatever we understand as normal.

Documentary

On the TV tonight is a documentary about alcoholism. And the problem with this documentary is still for the person who is not an alcoholic, and the maker of the documentary, they do not really appear to understand this disease of the mind and body.

Disease

Addiction and alcohol and drugs. Take away choice, take away freedom to choose sobriety, take away will and take away all our dignity. The cause of it, the reason why we get in such a state is because of life experience. Life experience can be the cause, as much as genetics and as much as anything we may choose to understand as our cause.

The effect

The effect and the return to being sane and functioning takes a long time, is a constant struggle and a constant daily process. Addicts often learn to live very full lives without their chosen addiction. How? By whatever means are possible.

Ways and means

The way and means to a return to a full life, well there are many ways. When we get over our causes and get out of denials, and get out of grief.

Broken Hearts

People do die from broken hearts, mending a broken heart is beyond our ability on our own. Often death is our best option as addiction takes us where it will. Death is preferable to grief most often for those sensitive to life and traumas.

Broken People

It is as hard to mend broken people as it is hard to watch them die in their grief. There is never a right or wrong in these matters. One thing is absolute and a certainty, untreated addiction kills, treated and ongoing recovery, a misunderstood process and very difficult path for any person in recovery.

People Mending

Needs greater research and greater understanding, maybe this is my path to sharing and giving back to this world, by my presence as a recovering alcoholic, by my ability to share as I do the way out of hell and back to ordinary living. Ordinary living, which indeed is life with all its ups and downs, lived openly and honestly and with help and support. I became part of AA simply because it was a way to continue recovery and whilst there is no cure, this is a disease where we may be in recovery, we are never able to be recovered. AA is a fellowship which keeps me on track and living on a daily basis, with a bit of courage and fortitude I continue on, as life offers and lived as real as can be.

November 22nd 2005

1963: Kennedy Shot Dead in Dallas

"The President of the United States has been assassinated by a gunman in Dallas, Texas." How do I remember this event? I was just seven years old in 1963. It was the first time I recognised how loss affected my parents and adults at the time. I could see the sadness and feel that awful presence of grief. I could not understand why an event about a person who we did not know could have such a profound impact. Time and history unfold and my maturity into the world of feelings. I saw the death of President Kennedy impacted on the whole of the world. Something had been taken away and it
was never coming back.

The hopes of many were dashed as prospects for a more peaceful world diminished and the dangers of "cold war" and the ever present danger of world war and nuclear bombs led to national anxieties.

Of Kennedy we learned, a family man, a man of integrity and many capacities. And as time offered the ‘dirt’, we find our hero as human as any in his life. Not squeaky clean, and who is? How else do we learn our true nature and character, except from life itself? We cannot be taught to live, we live and learn. And those we often revere for their public life have much learning in their private affairs. And with humility, which comes from time, we learn to be forgiving of the human nature we all have and the inadequacy of nurture.

What would the impact of a live Kennedy in the White House for his term and more? We will never know. What we do know is his legacy and impact is to be experienced in all our lives. History might make him anything we wish to believe, for history is always revisionist to our outlook. I will not forget the steadfast and resolute feelings evoked in my parents that a man of
great importance had been lost. And in balance, with every theory and every postulation, Kennedy was one of a handful of individuals who have shaped our world over the last near half century. There is much I admire in Kennedy, his principles stated and clear, his pragmatism, his ability to get the best from others who were striving as he, to be their best. Like any leader taken down before his time, his work incomplete, his endeavour and commitment to a better world cut short. Our loss memorialized over and over and Kennedy forever a hero and forever human.

Kennedy deserves to be remembered, all of him and every element. Like Kennedy, we are more than a public persona; we are complete, inside and out, a richer memory to humanity for all his human qualities, good at some and outstanding at others… In our history Kennedy taken too soon, arguably better than taken too late…

November 22nd 2004

The Unexpected

When I am looking for solutions, I must always be ready for surprises.

Solutions often look familiar and we seek reassurance of what we know. Our surprises I guess come from an open mind, an inquiry into the unknown. We don't know what we don't know. Who would have thought we could record events on plastic and play them back instantly? Who said we would never fly?

Are we close to fabulous science creating opportunity and understanding? Most likely, yet its most likely man will determine the agenda forevermore, unless something or someone is recognised as more important. Now what or who might that be? Our planet?

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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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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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