Friday, November 03, 2006

Listening carefully

"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."

I am studying Step 11 with two friends in recovery. I read this passage this morning ...

If I do my self-examination first, then surely, I'll have enough humility to pray and meditate -- because I'll see and feel my need for them. Some wish to begin and end with prayer, leaving the self-examination and meditation to take place in between, whereas others start with meditation, listening for advice from God about their still hidden or unacknowledged defects. Still others engage in written and verbal work on their defects, ending with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. These three-- self-examination, meditation and prayer -- form a circle, without a beginning or an end. No matter where, or how, I start, I eventually arrive at my destination: a better life.
DAILY REFLECTIONS, page 316

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for good news from my Mom -- her diabetes is well under control lately

that Mom and I can have a good laugh together, even under less than desireable circumstances

for a really good Step 1 meeting yesterday and another good meeting about change and that today I get to go to 3 meetings

to be able to chat with friends in recovery at 4 o'clock in the morning (on the computer)

to own a car that has 104 total miles on it as I sit here and type

that I am most likely going to have a wonderful weekend - I hope you do too!

that the 2006 elections will be over in a few days

my name is dAAve and I approved this message.

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
-Hadia Bejar

13 comments:

Matt said...

I like that passage. I needed to read that this morning.

Have a good day...

NMAMFQLMSH said...

hAAppy FridAAy dAAve. I am always grateful to come here and read your gratefuls. Congratulations on the new car...I must of missed something. But then again I've missed a lot.
Still seeing you,
JJ

Mary Christine said...

And your car has never been smoked in! And it never will be!

Anonymous said...

"form a circle, without a beginning or an end" that is a powerful thing to remember. Thanks dAAve. Make it a great day!

Trudging said...

Step 11 is just where I am today! Thanks buddy

SCoUt said...

This is the 2nd blog today that has been about Step 11. Hmmmmm.
Thanks for another great list of gratitude, dAAve. You have a way of smacking me upside the head, making me smile, and then some more...
Peace and gratitude for YOU,
Scout

Carly said...

Nice list. Thanks Dave, and congrats on the new wheels!

recoveryroad said...

Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrroom!

I need to re-read your Step 11 stuff and thjink about it again cos it's not how I think of it. Which is good - good to be challenged.

Tab said...

I just love you for all you share with us Daave.Thank you xo

Scott said...

congrats on the 104 miles... very kool.. I love the stuff in Step 11... I'm really glad to hear that mom mom is doing well with her diabetes.... wonderful!

Shannon said...

I heard about Scott and your car.. hmmmm interesting ahahaha
I listened to your post and I am sooo here too. Thanks daave

piglet said...

Amen to those elections for the love of God.

And CONGRATS on the NEW CAR!!! I heard that Scott got to hump it. That. I would pay to see :)

lash505 said...

Daave you are truly a man of service. That is awesome.