I work to practice acceptance, faith and willingness, that I might remove myself as a victim of these circumstances, and, instead strive to take responsibility for myself, my pain and my troubles. I do what I can, and leave the rest in God’s capable hands. Being a victim puts me in a state of waiting – waiting for someone to “fix” me, waiting for justice and acknowledgment of my pain by others – it takes the problem out of my hands and puts it in the hands of others. I can live my life based on my needs and emotions – not the needs and emotions of others. I pray for awareness, humility, and compassion for myself and others.


8 thoughts on “Compassion

  1. First of all let me thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday and extended such kind remarks.
    I really appreciate it.

    My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

    Don’t tell me who you are going to vote for because I might not like you very much if you do.

    It all depends on how strong my feelings are towards any of the candidates and if I have made superficial judgments and decisions on them because of their style and known background entered into it I’m sure.

    “What’s playing in the background”?

    Is every one doing the very best they can with what they have to work with at the time?

    Yesterday a kind of old friend of mine told me who he was voting for and I could sense his mood changing to defiance even as he was speaking and as he told me he had discussed it with his wife and children and he had prayed about it.
    Immediately I made an unspoken judgment on this fine gentleman friend of mine and I must pray that my mind be broadened towards acceptance, forgiveness and understanding.

    So along comes Rabbi Eckstein this morning reflecting on looking deeper into events and what’s going on with specific individuals and in the course developing better understanding of them and even of oneself in the process.

    So what good does it do?
    Well we might have a little more peace.

    Everyone is doing the very best at the time with what they have to work with at the time.

    God loves us just as we are but he loves us so much that he just won’t let us remain just as we are.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

  2. Happy Belated Birthday Harry. Your accountability to carrying the message to this alcoholic through this venue is and has been a blessing for me and many of others I have shared your words, Web links and etc. Thank you so much!. Kt

  3. Bonnie’s opener, Doc’s wee discourse and Kt ‘s warm affirmation of gratitude all amplify, in my opinion, Bonnie’s subject header- compassion.
    A great big deal, about which I was clueless.
    “A sympathetic consciousness about another’s sorrow along with a desire to alleviate it” is a dictionary type definition.
    I really wasn’ t capable of much compassion when I came here, and I wasn’t particularly useful, in the moral sense- more like a black hole of self centredness which would occasionally erupt ego all over the unsuspecting.
    So when booze finally sufficiently levelled ego and pride ,and I looked up at what you lot were doing to be so healthy, I witnessed compassion in action all around me.
    I felt it at a subconscious level- you had redeemed your lost selves through your consistent application of certain principles. And in helping the still suffering alcoholic, demonstrated compassion.
    The fallen were risen….
    Miracles abound through His Grace,omnipresent.
    Grateful for the Gift.

  4. Top of the morning family,
    Divine Mercy’s compassion for His children allows us to rest in His protection and peace. This spiritual battle rhythm allows me to show/give love to the person on the left and right of me. Not a bad deal, use not to give a &%$!

    Abraham Lincoln put it very nicely:
    “I destroy my enemy if I make him my friend.

    It’s a good day to have a good day.

  5. It is good for me to reflect on Compassion today. A close alcoholic friend finally came back to a meeting and admitted he had relapsed beginning of the year and was at day 1. He had stopped going to meetings because he said they weren’t working for him and stopped communicating with me around the same time.
    Because, of course, his relapse is all about me 😉 I am swinging between anger, guilt, betrayal, fear, embarrassment and anger again. I have to feel compassion and remember I can’t cause, control or change another’s alcoholism. I can only be the hand of AA and be there when someone reaches out. Although, I sometimes wish I could be the foot of AA. Because this guy needs a swift kick in the…

    • My friend, I understand that feeling you have now for your friend-only from his side. All of you here at THIS24 were so loving and kind when I admitted my relapse. I know it hurt some but for the most part I was given the same welcome home at my Fellowship. It’s hard enough to go through it, but to come back and admit it in front of friends… really sucks! Be that hand of AA, that brother in recovery. ….after you deal with your own feelings-or they’ll deal with you. Hugs my friend!

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