todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful
for the following words from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pages 48/49...
"Let's take a universally recognized list of major human failings -- the Seven Deadly sins of pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth. It is not by accident that pride heads the procession. For pride, leading to self-justification, and always spurred by conscious or unconscious fears, is the basic breeder of most human difficulties, the chief block to true progress. When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and society becomes the sole object of our lives, then pride steps in to justify our excesses."
A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi