Monday, February 11, 2008

Enjoying the day

Best Prayer I Have Heard In A Long Time...

Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, showing patience, empathy and love.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that my Mom continues to hang in there. She has lost the strength to even squeeze my hand to acknowledge my presence or questions, but she can nod her head a little bit. It's sad to see this in a woman who was alive and vibrant for her first 82 years. Next Sunday is her 85th birthday.

to hear a friend tell her AA story Saturday night with humor, conviction and honesty

for a good board meeting at Lambda where we, among other things, approved a new CMA (Crystal Meth Anonymous) meeting at the Center; there are now 3 CMA groups that meet each week at Lambda in addition to 40 AA and 2 Al Anon groups that meet there

that Houston has recently experienced the most beautiful weather nature has to offer

for Roy Scheider (75), a very talented actor who died yesterday

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; When health is lost, something is lost; When character is lost, all is lost!
-German Proverb


Bill said...

I love that prayer, too. Today I'll pray for prayer without judgement.
I'm sure seeing you walk through the door is the best soothng balm in the world for your mom.

Anonymous said...

i liked that prayer.

Mary Christine said...

I will keep you and your mother in my prayers.

Scott W said...

What is the name of that group? David F is printing new envelopes and I need to get that info to him STAT!

peanut said...

Dear dAAve,

I am so sorry that your mother is slowly losing her strength. 85 years old, good for her! I also wish she could be out enjoying her 85 years with us !

Wonderful prayer, I will keep it in my mind - never thought of things like that. Thanks.
Love you. Frank's AA and natal Birthday is this Wednesday (feb. 13th). please surprise him with a hearty "happy Birthday."
Love you.

sojo said...

I need to hang a copy of that prayer from my rear view mirror.

Syd said...

Thinking of your mother. I found it hard to see mine start to fail. Hope that she will rally.

Tab said...

I heart you Dave :)