Aug 31, 2018 at 10:25 am
Audio (MP3): 20180831 - Generous with my humility
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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Aug 27, 2018 at 9:07 am
Audio (MP3): 20180827 - On racism, bigotry, and prejudice
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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Mar 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm
Audio (MP3): 20180310 - Reassuring our fellow humans
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.
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