Thursday, August 03, 2006

Feeding on Gratitude

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."
The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, "I don't understand."

"It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other."


todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that I could give my Mom some good financial news yesterday and see her reaction (she's not able to speak, but she can still smile)

that I get to know my recovery friends better through speaker meetings, but only if I'm there to listen

for my health and beauty (well, one out of 2 ain't bad)

for Tradition 7 of A.A., the topic of our 6:30am meeting today and that I was able to impart some knowledge to a few newcomers to the program

that I was able to sit through a 2-hour homeowner's meeting last night without just getting up and stomping out --- FYI - due to last year's hurricanes and the greed of ALL insurance companies, our property insurance has seen an increase of 270% this year over last year and it must be paid to satisfy the mortgage companies

that I can pay my part of this huge increase in insurance

that the last 3 words above all began with "in"

SELF-CENTEREDNESS IS A CASUALTY OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Denial Is Not a River in Egypt

9 comments:

Scott W said...

In the words of Audrey II: Feed me!

Tab said...

Health and Beauty is good.
I give you a 2 outta 2 :)

Insurance is so important and the
brokers KNOW it!You are indeed fortunate to be able to afford it.

I am grateful we do not have hurricanes here.

Thanks for sharing ~

Scott said...

insurance sucks, and mortgage lenders require it, but you'll be happy you have it if something ever happens...

the part that pisses me off is when they raise your rates for finally making a claim after years of giving them my money for essentially "nothing" grrrr...

I love that heaven/hell deal, I have heard that before...

so, which is it health or beauty?? lol

Mr. H.K. said...

INteresting

Diego said...

thanks for sharing the story and let your Mom know that she has a friend she has not met but cares for her and wishes her well.....I think its health, right?

Shannon said...

I can just picture your mom's face!

Motorcycle Mike - Sober Biker said...

intuitive inventory insight in "ins"

Yo, that makes my head hurt.

Thanks for sharing

Gwen said...

That your mom can still smile ~ that is a gift.

G~

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