Always be mindful of your words. Which words you use, How you use them, Why you use them, and to Whom you use them with.
It has been said that, “It isn’t important what you say, but how you made them feel.”
I never know, on any given day, if anyone I know, pays attention to anything that I say in any meeting that I attend. A very long time ago, I watched someone have a freak moment, when, after making coffee for a period of time, got resentful, and had an ego attack, because people did not verbally Thank Him, in person.
He, in the end, left that particular meeting, calling people who went to that meeting ungrateful. That was a long time ago. I survived him.
Doing service, is a thankless job. Nobody ever says thank you. Not that I’ve been waiting for someone to sing my praises for my ability to make a mean urn of coffee … Or notice that I am the one who sets up chairs and tables at several meetings, during the week.
Marcus Aurelius talks a lot about praise and living a simple and humble life. Not bringing attention to yourself, but also, being mindful of what you do in the world, to be a “citizen, a participant, and a good human being.” Always thinking of the greater good, when it comes to what we do in public. Praise is unnecessary, because in the end, all those people, you need praise from, will eventually die.
We will all die one day and return to The Logos, that which created us …
There are certain young people, I am aligned towards. The ones that I take special interest in, for one reason or another. They know who they are. For the most part, I keep a low profile. I may be the first one in the door, and make any particular room habitable for a meeting, but my service to my friends is something I do for myself. Because I was told that doing service was the best way to remain sober.
A few weeks ago, I told you the story about THE BEER IN THE BOX …
After hearing my young lady friend talk about that beer, that she was hell-bent on drinking, even though she was almost a year sober, I did two things.
Within the meeting, I shared a story I heard told by a WOMAN who was thirty-one years sober, when she, herself, faced a possible slip, and what she did to avoid it.
At the end of that share, I quoted Mother Teresa who said …
“Well Done, You must continue to protect your special gift …”
That gift was the woman’s sobriety.
The second thing I did was to give a simple suggestion.
We all know that sometimes when we talk, nobody listens. Because I know that over my time, I have offered suggestions to my friends, and they smile at me ruefully, as if to say, “Aw, he means well, but I have no intention of following anything he says to me …”
Been there, Done that.
But to my young lady friend, I told her to go home and write out what she was about to do, that would be … TO DRINK AGAIN.
Little did I know, something I suggested, would make all the difference to her, in the end. Because it was that particular exercise she employed, that KEPT HER SOBER.
Tonight she came to the meeting and proudly told me her solution.
She went to the graduation party with her friends. But before the event, she went on to Ebay and purchased a SODA, that was five years old. The age of the beer that was sitting in that box, she had intended to drink, at said party.
I had hoped that her friends, knowing she was sober, would have her best interests in mind when it came to her sobriety.
And I did ask her this question.
At the party, she drank the SODA and NOT the beer. However, her beer was opened, and everyone else, drank from it, so she would be included in the ritual formally.
My young lady friend did take her year chip and is still sober today. She will graduate in a few weeks, and then she is off to Peru, and finally to Seattle for work.
Sadly, she won’t be returning to Montreal.
You never know when something you say to someone will sink in for someone you are talking to, and make a serious difference in their lives.
I do my best for all of my friends.
Sometimes that goodness comes back to me ten fold.