Uncommon Kindness

(Thank you to those who have offered to share reflections. This24 continues to amaze me!)

There are many forms of kindness expressed in the Program, and the longer I stay in recovery, the more I see of true kindness. Whenever I am stuck on what to do, or how to react to others, I watch those whose time in the Program is evident in their behavior. There are still those times when I am ready to talk about the behavior of another member, negatively, and I walk up to a group after the meeting and hear only good things being said of them. That’s when I feel shame for myself, and know that I still have a long way to go, to get where I want to be. Still not perfect, never will be. But through emotional balance and the lessons to be learned in the Program, I know that I am a work in progress. I am at peace with myself and with the God of my understanding.

Photo courtesy of Maggs
Photo courtesy of Maggs

2 thoughts on “Uncommon Kindness

    . . . except when to do so would injure them or others.

    I stand ready to make any amends.
    I practice step 10 as it says:
    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12 stepper.

    My friend Rev. Leo Booth was admonished as he in his opinion was giving a less than enthusiastic presentation; “Stretch Leo,Stretch Leo”.
    Leo says he’s never forgotten this.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic.

  2. Top of the midday day family,
    Love me them self check outs. Slide/scan my value card, and a picture of nice lady pops up on the monitor and says, “Welcome valued customer”. I’m royalty =). Then as I leave the checkout area, I hear that same voice tell another customer, “welcome valued customer”. Now, I’m no longer special. =).

    Am I available for service to others which I cannot be repaid?
    Guilt – makes us run away from the light.
    Conviction- makes us run to His light.

    Today, I’m learning that when I focus on the positives and the daily moments of appreciation(s), then it’s a lot harder to worry about everything else. And that’s good, one less thing to worry about.

    “I destroy my enemy if I make him my friend. “A. Lincoln”

    It’s a good day for my Heavenly Father is up to something in my life.

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