Elder Christensen, Right of frame.
Once again it looks like you are passing through rough water. I find it helpful sometimes when things like this happen to consider the destination. If the place I am going outweighs the pain, setbacks, and annoyances of the journey, then the trip is worth it.
I suppose what I am saying is take a moment perhaps to consider your goals. You recently hit a huge milestone in sobriety and in life, and now looking forward it might be a good idea to think about the big picture of who you want to be and what you want to accomplish.
When you have a vision for yourself, annoying and offensive people and situations cease to be worth your mental energy worrying about. Understand also that your experience will always set you apart from people who don’t get it yet. Sometimes a teachers greatest asset is being patient with stupidity.
If life gets too hard to stand, Kneel.
I talk to God, an awful lot. And I know this about God, that if I pray, and wisdom does not come to me personally, then I need to go out and listen to my friends talk.
Wisdom direct, is a vertical process, top – down.
Wisdom indirect, is a horizontal process – person to person.
They say, that our minds are not some place we should go often, or ALONE.
I sought spiritual advice last night at the meeting, from a man I trust with my troubles. Before I went to bed, I sought advice from one of my spiritual directors, who use to live here, but now is back in Provo, Utah, and Brigham Young University.
Thankfully we have a Google Hang Out tonight. And it’s General Conference Weekend in Salt Lake City, at the Temple. One of my favorite Speakers, Elder Robert D. Hales, has been admitted to hospital, at 85, he is not doing so well.
Last General Conference he gave a talk on Becoming a Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I wept listening to his talk. He is involved with The First Quorum of the Seventy.
Last night, I scheduled off from my service commitment for next week, opting to see if I could get a reservation at my bed and Breakfast in Ottawa for Thanksgiving weekend next weekend.
Yes, Thanksgiving comes early in Canada. The second Sunday in October.
Then we hold our breaths because the Halloween shops opened over a month ago, to get a jump on business. And after Thanksgiving, it is a game to wait and see WHO puts up Christmas Decorations first, in the city malls and stores.
That usually does not take long at all.
Last year, the Pharmaprix we use regularly, started playing Christmas music in November, and people freaked out and went crazy.
It was obvious that they had to turn it off because of the backlash from customers.
I’ve decided to back off the meeting that is causing me strife. I don’t need the headache, and its not like I need to hit a meeting every night of the week. I’m far enough from the drink, but I know, that I am never far from a drink.
The length of my arm, so to speak.
Monday and Friday serve their purpose well. And I don’t have to sit in a room with people who are Spiritual Sand Paper.
You know what that feels like, “Sand paper on a baby’s ass ???”
God is listening. And I hear Him quite clearly.
The Spiritual Connection and the Spiritual Principles are there for a reason.
I know how to use them …