Sunday, July 23, 2006


Courtesy of Gwen at Twelvebeads
(this may take a few moments to load, but it's worth the wait)

thanks Gwen
"I asked myself, "Why can't the Twelve Steps work to release me from this unbearable depression?" By the hour, I stared at the St. Francis Prayer. "It is better to comfort than to be comforted."
Suddenly I realized what the answer might be. My basic flaw had always been dependence on people or circumstances to supply me with prestige, security, and confidence. Failing to get these things according to my perfectionist dreams and specification, I fought for them. And when defeat came, so did my depression.
Reinforced by what grace I could find in prayer, I had to exert every ounce of will and action to cut off these faulty emotional dependencies upon people and upon circumstances. Then only could I be free to love as Francis had loved.
AA GRAPEVINE, January 1958



Yes, I saw this over at Gwen's place....nice indeed.
I see you and hAAppy sundAAy,

psychbaby said...

Now that's a joy to wake up to!!
Thanks Dave.

Zane said...

It's great to start the day off with love, peace, joy, and a bit of wit. Thanks to my HP, you've given me some of that today.
See you at the F'ers.

Rex said...

Great post, thanks for sharing.

It's InTheBook said...

Dave, the St. Francis prayer is my favorite, as it was my mother's. I'm known for handing out little white cards with that prayer on it. They actually come from my dear longtimer friend, Joe, who's handed out more than 10,000 of them in his 34 years of sobriety. He found out my personal love of that prayer and its connection to my mom and so he gives me stacks of them to give out too. I plan to carry on his tradition long after he's gone, though I hope that's a long time from now. If you give me your address, I'll send you one -- or a few. - Suz

Mary Christine said...

Thanks for yet another reminder of how it is that my nose gets "out of joint".

lash505 said...

There was a spiritual thing happening when I watched the video again. thanks

Daily Piglet said...

I love that prayer. I have a card on the outside of my shower so I can read it everyday. (Or at least every day when I take a shower.) Ha ha

Tallguy said...

hmm... it is very good! But how do I get to contact the maker? That stoopid YouTube thingy won't let me connect to her. Anyway, does anyone know the name of that piece of music? I loved it.... and the rest of it was great too.

Shannon said...

wow that really hits the nail on the freakin head.. right on thanks dAAve :)