Elton John and a sweet perspective

One of the best concerts I’ve been to in my life was Elton John’s “Madman Across the Water” tour when he when he had an amazing lineup of musicians. And I love the wonderful comment from Shawna at Finding a Sober Miracle:

It occurred to me that you could make a commercial of anyone’s life, and it would be just as beautiful and touching.

Watch.

 

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repost: 12 steps in the 21st century

Here’s a quick and instantly digestible read from Mike at dharmaholic that says precisely what I’ve had stirring on a back burner since I stepped through the doors of Club East on March 28, 2010:

It is as comprehensive a course that you could find in 164 pages, providing you don’t want specifics about the disease model, the nutritional needs of an alcoholic, or the medical breakthroughs of the 20th Century.

This very basic reality is a continuing source of — to put it politely — “discussion” in A.A. today. While I could easily tangent over to the tension between hardcore longtimers and those who are a touch more Liberal (capital L intentional) in the approach to recovery, I yield to Mike’s observation that while “…it takes a village to raise a child. A drunken alcoholic is very much like a child that needs the love and care of a village. She is immature in a lot of ways, precocious and hurt in some ways, and defiant like a child can be. Mostly, we are hurt and need care.”

Even better, he refers to “…a new dimension of the fellowship in recovery, that wasn’t conceived of by the founding fathers.” Indeed. Let’s put the struggler first instead of what we simply think is best for them because it worked for some of us. Times change. We change too.

But please don’t take my word for it. I just repost this stuff and encourage you to read it for yourself. Like an adult would.

daily reflection: a classic prayer

Lord, make me a channel for thy peace—that where there is hatred, I may bring love—that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness—that where there is discord, I may bring harmony—that where there is error, I may bring truth—that where there is doubt, I may bring faith—that where there is despair, I may bring hope—that where there are shadows, I may bring light—that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted—to understand, than to be understood—to love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.

— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 99

No matter where I am in my spiritual growth, the St. Francis prayer helps me improve my conscious contact with the God of my understanding. I think that one of the great advantages of my faith in God is that I do not understand Him, or Her, or It. It may be that my relationship with my Higher Power is so fruitful that I do not have to understand. All that I am certain of is that if I work the Eleventh Step regularly, as best I can, I will continue to improve my conscious contact, I will know His will for me, and I will have the power to carry it out.