Hello, on this second grateful day of November 2019.
I really do want to stay on the topic of gratitude. There’s so much to learn about ourselves and others. Others are my teaches, as well as a mirror for me in many ways.
I gathered with others around tables this morning and I am grateful I went. I realized I was alone in the hall for a few minutes, so I bowed my head and prayed. I knew I was feeling negative, just a tad.
I went outside before the meeting started to get my nicotine fill in and said another prayer.
We started the meeting and this guy behind me is my mirror. He mirrors the way I have behaved in other meetings. Why is this so annoying? Because it is bothering me. I let him go on for 3 more times! I finally a note and pass it to him to please stop and tell him he’s being rude.
I’ve definitely won his friendship now. Insert sarcasm anywhere. He responded just the way I would have; because it would have embarrassed me too.
This man was a mirror of my behavior. We think it is no big deal, that we are having fun, and we are harmless. But we never know whose life we are messing with, if they don’t have the full benefit of the meeting. This is still life and death and it is a big deal.
Today this man was my teacher and mirror. People have had patience with me. Perhaps again I will have the opportunity to show this man more patience and tolerance. Maybe, I will even show him love!
Here’s another secret, we can’t change someone else’s behavior, only our own. I am grateful for the teacher and mirror today.
Here are the questions I now have for myself:
Is what I have that’s so clever to say, going to add strength to myself and others?
Are my clever words going to help me work through the steps any better?
Will joking around during serious discussions, hinder others or my own progress?
Are my clever words even necessary?
These few questions are like an inventory that in all likelihood that reveals my clever words are not so clever and are not needed.
As long as I am honest, I can change my behavior and not be sore about it. It’s all part of the journey.
- I am grateful for changes.
- I am grateful for mirrors.
- I am grateful for teachers.
- I am grateful I have been shown patience and tolerance.
- I am grateful I now get the chance to show patience and tolerance.
- I am grateful for the journey of gratitude and getting to find new ways each day.
- I am grateful as friends we truly care about each other and we make a difference.
- I am grateful that the truth comes out today.
- I am grateful for the sacrifice’s others have made so that I will learn to sacrifice for others.
- I am grateful for learning more about a another’s journey.
Thank you for reading!
This has been another blog post entry by Boxcar Mike over and out.
God Bless Y’all Everybody!