Been another great day…however, my patience and tolerance has worn thin. I am on the Board of Directors in our mobile home park. In fact I have the privilege of being the Home Owners Association President. The last few days I have been with my family who are visiting me here in Central Florida and we have been having a ball!! I continue to be “bothered” by people from my park and board. I give them a 110% when I am around and have to carry out my duties as a board member. So I am thinking, is this a lesson of patience and tolerance?
More than likely it is…there is this one person who no matter what I do or say always, always has something negative to say. Worse part is, it is not to me, it to everyone else around me. An example, I hold a meeting for whatever reason and as we are leaving the person says, “nice job, good meeting…” The I find out later they go out with their friends and it gets back to me that they were told by this person, “wow, what a lousy meeting we had, etc” This is very two-faced and just wrong. But as I write this and get it out of my system I begin to feel 100% better. It is to teach me more patience and tolerance. Thank goodness I was taught and learn how to practice these qualities. Not that I am perfect but at least I stand a chance today. I first think, how important is all this anyway. I have such a full life and if these folks need to complain and chatter behind each others backs, let them. As Elsa say, “Let it go, let it go” and to further add to it, “Let it go and Let God”
Being patient or tolerant is a practice. Daily we have the opportunity to practice either or both of these qualities. Some days we are better at it than others depending on what else is happening in our personal lives. Tolerance arises from a state of mental relaxation
that allows us to remain calm, which is very hard in certain circumstances, like the ones mentioned above. Thank God and AA once again for getting me back to where I need to be!!
Love and tolerance of others is our code. Big Book Into Action, p.84
Feeling better, ready to move on…..
“Faith without works was dead, he said. And how appallingly true for
the alcoholic! For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his
spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could
not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not
work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely
die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 1st. Edition,
Bill’s Story, pg. 14~