“Deep down in every man, woman, and child is the fundamental idea of a God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that Power in human lives are facts as old as man himself.
A.A. pg. 55
A very dreary, rainy day, turned into a glorious Friday night.
I invite you to read this next passage, and then go do it, and afterwards, you can return and read the rest …
Take a moment, or two. Close your eyes, and take a breath. In and Out. Then notice your heart beating. What gives you breath, and What makes your heart beat ?
They say, that if you get up in the morning, and you are still breathing, THAT is a good start. Which leads to the next piece of advice. Before your feet hit the floor, before you even get out of bed, we should utter and prayer of thankfulness and gratitude, that you in fact, have another day to realize the best part of you.
Things I wanted to write about, did not make it into print earlier in the week, due to more important things I wanted to say. The Spring season, is in full swing. The terrace footage in the neighborhood has more than doubled, as new bars and restos, have taken sidewalk and street space, which is new build.
My love of reading continues.
On the last round, I bought “Minister Without Portfolio,” by Michael Winter. The novel, taking place in New Foundland, and Afghanistan, was all the rage, according to the liner notes and the blurbs on the back of and inside the cover.
When I finished the book, it just fell FLAT … Not sure what that hype was all about.
This week brings two more books. The first, a National Best Seller, and the Pulitzer Prize Winner for 2015, “The Sympathizer.” Written by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
“The Sympathizer is a blistering, award winning exploration of identity, politics, and America, wrought in electrical pose. The narrator, a Vietnamese army captain, is a man of two minds and divided loyalties, a half french, half Vietnamese communist sleeper agent in America after the end of the VietNam War. A powerful story of love and friendship, and a gripping espionage novel, The Sympathizer examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.”
My trusty book seller Indigo, always has something to read.
The second book, comes by way of a past read. Donna Tartt, another Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel, “The Goldfinch,” has three books on the table. Her earliest book, “The Little Friend,” is an international best seller.
In my humble opinion, The Goldfinch has to be one of the BEST books I have ever read. Her writing and story telling ability is Masterful and Genius. I cannot recommend this book any better than to say, if you haven’t read it yet, you really should.
I also completed my Summer shopping haul. Which added a couple more shirts, pants and assorted add on’s. My wish list is now complete for the year. I won’t need to shop for clothing for a while.
In other neighborhood news, Le Square is about to build and pour their twelfth story of a seventeen story build. There is framing on floors two and three, and the ground floor commercial stalls are also being built out. As soon as the walls cure on the floors below, they are removing scaffolding and building out.
Closer to home, La Catherine, is finally OUT of the basement. They finally poured the final segment of the parking garage. This took precision timing and MANY cement trucks that were lined up all the way down Ste. Catherine’s Street, and onto Fort, where we live.
I am sure that their build will pick up speed over the next month.
We’ve worked hard on getting everybody back on the bus, where they need to be.
Hopefully we are on the upswing.
I asked Rafa tonight on the way home to reflect on the past two years, and try to see what God is trying to say, up to this point, since God was the discussion topic tonight at the Friday Meeting.
I thought about that question on the way home. You are where you are. With the people you need to be with. You did not find success where you had been, so now you are back here again. So what is God saying ? Maybe you need time to work on relationships with certain people, and work on your sobriety and be friend, fellow and partner. That’s a pretty simple answer, but that’s what I came up with.
There is definitely a God. If you need an example, look in the mirror, and take a breath. And if you are getting sober, go sit in a room with your fellows, and see them get clean and sober, and begin to find their feet, and a power greater than themselves.
You will definitely see God.