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Generous with my humility

tcr! · Aug 31, 2018 at 10:25 am

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Red candle in the dark

Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
— Step 8 of Alcoholics Anonymous

When I got to the Eighth Step I was kind of disappointed that they use the word “harmed.” I didn’t like it because I didn’t like the thought of me actually hurting people. We get a taste of peace after working the previous steps and then Step Eight comes crashing in like a bowling ball. Announcing we’d done harm.

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RecipeForIceCubes · Aug 31, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Very well stated. I was in a cycle of feelings and buried guilt myself. After I made some amends many others became easier and what I received back was mostly positive outcomes. Some people were neutral and others simply had forgotten what I was trying to apologize for.

The living amends I have either chosen to have or simply must carry with me due to absenteeism of the the person/people help me daily also. Keep it rolling Friend. One day, hour or minute at a time. AA will always have our backs.

tcr! tcr! · Aug 31, 2018 at 2:10 pm

It’s truly a blessing that we can honestly let go of those cyclical feelings and buried guilt with Steps 8 and 9.

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No smoking at the entryways, peeps

tcr! · Aug 30, 2018 at 9:42 am

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And then there was that one time a few years back when I was standing at the front door of the work building. It was a cool autumn day and I was enjoying a beautiful cigarette.

Enjoying the smoke, the solitude, and the cars going by.

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Momma J Momma J · Aug 30, 2018 at 10:05 am

Look for the good in people!

tcr! tcr! · Aug 30, 2018 at 10:55 am

Yep. I try to assume the best in life.

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On racism, bigotry, and prejudice

tcr! · Aug 27, 2018 at 9:07 am

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Racist

n.  A person who believes a particular race is superior to others.

Bigot

n.  One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

Prejudice

n.  An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.


Just so I’m clear…

A racist hates your race. A bigot hates anyone who doesn’t agree with them. And if you’re prejudice then you’re an ignorant hater.

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fleming · Aug 27, 2018 at 10:30 am

VERY well said!

tcr! tcr! · Aug 27, 2018 at 10:37 am

Thank you!!

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Momma J Momma J · Aug 27, 2018 at 11:36 am

Open minded - maturity

tcr! tcr! · Aug 27, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Yep, for sure!

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Aug 27, 2018 at 3:55 pm

THANKIES. Not just cuz you mentioned me, but for the eloquent treatise on intolerance, hate, bigotry. You da man!

tcr! tcr! · Aug 27, 2018 at 4:39 pm

I don’t know if I was eloquent but thank you! You’re a regular point of reference in my spiritual life. 😊

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Reassuring our fellow humans

tcr! · Mar 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

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The scene is a parking lot. An elderly woman is walking up ahead of me as I’m driving. She looks fragile, defenseless, and unsure.

She sees my truck and a look of terror comes across her face. While it’s not a monster my Dakota is still 4000 pounds of machine.

I slow way down as I go around her. I wave and give her friendly smile. She looks relieved and waves back.

She’s still smiling in my rearview mirror as I go around a corner and loose sight of her.

Reassuring our fellow humans, even strangers, is one of the best things ever. And it costs nothing.

#beagoodperson #advancedsoul #diariespodcast

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