Sunday, February 24, 2008

Just for today.

Satisfactions of Right Living

How wonderful is the feeling that we do not have to be specially distinguished among our fellows in order to be useful and profoundly happy. Not many of us can be leaders of prominence, nor do we wish to be. Service gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we can fit and belong in God's scheme of things -- these are the satisfactions of right living for which no pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes. (Page 254 of the AA Way of Life, a reader by Bill)

What a wonderful day today has been. It's been so because of the new flowers appearing in the garden. The sun feeling warm and full through out the day. Spending the afternoon with my son and his girl friend out in the boat. Watching curious seals, stately bald eagles, bouncing river otters, splashing water fowl as we slowly drifted in the currents waiting for the prawn traps to provide us with supper. Laughter filled our conversation. We shared our joys and our fears. We were in the moment, seeing what happened to appear, not in a hurry. Our traps yielded a meal of prawns and crab. Topped off with a piece of home made banana cream pie. Wonderful moments.

I received a most wonderful compliment yesterday in how I had helped someone, not by my words, but in my example. I was surprised. We never know who is watching us.

I struggled today as well. There was lots of discussion at last nights meeting about the make up of God. For some reason, those conversations bother me. I tell my self that no man can know the true nature of God, that God is probably unknowable, and that, no matter what our concept of God, people get sober and recover with a Higher Power of their own understanding. My concepts are not the only one.

Feelings of sadness, feelings of joy, feelings of confusion, feelings of warmth and contentment, feelings of frustration, feelings of fear, feelings of happiness, feelings of being safe, feelings of uncertainty. These were all part of this day. They are part of every day.

Thanks for letting me share.


pat said...

Isn't it wonderful when you have a great day? Send a slice of that pie to me. OK?

Anonymous said...

What a great post. That sounds like so much fun! Trolling around and catching dinner. Taking in the scenery. If no one has told you lately, I am glad you are here! God Bless