My neighbor gave me this solar cross for Christmas. It soaks up the sun all day and then shines all night. I think it is pretty. The plant is my “normal” daughter’s. She is away on a backpacking trip this week and wanted to be sure her lobelia was still alive when she returned, so she brought it here. I’m a bit nervous about it.
The morning is cool, clear, and beautiful as we start another week. I am heading to the treadmill until it gets light and then I will go out and finish my mileage. I need to do the 8 miles I was supposed to do on Saturday.
And then to a library to do research. That sounds like a great way to spend a Monday. I am hoping to get an early enough start that I can take a late afternoon nap today. We shall see. I am utterly exhausted from the weekend.
I noticed this morning that one of my friends had responded on facebook to a long, ugly tirade about how evil and hypocritical the program is. My sober daughter sometimes does this too (respond to others’ criticism). I find it odd because of anonymity issues, and I can’t imagine being new in sobriety, or not sober at all and posting all kinds of critical stuff about an organization you may need for your very life. When I was newly sober I did not care for everyone in the rooms, but I knew I was basically screwed without them, so I learned to be tolerant, and eventually found I had much to learn from even those I didn’t like. I made a journal entry in my first 30 days that said something like “these people are so crazy, but I don’t want to be sitting here in 6 months, with a beer in my hand, talking about how crazy those people were!”
Yesterday I had a disagreement with someone, and I talked with him about it. We are still friends, although I am quite certain we will disagree some more in the future. Learning to do this was one of the greatest lessons of my life. It enables me to be able to work with people without being a problem employee, to be a neighbor who is not causing disturbances every day, to be a family member who is trusted. I don’t have to like everything about everybody in order to love them. And I am called to love them.
For faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. — 1 Corinthians 13:13