From the BlogMeet Ron



Our moral inventory had persuaded us that all-round forgiveness was desirable, but it was only when we resolutely tackled Step Five that we inwardly knew we’d be able to receive forgiveness and give it, too.
   … forgiveness and give it, too.  12&12 Step Five, p.58 

“A truly strong person does not need the
approval of others any more than a lion
needs the approval of sheep.” 
― Vernon Howard
We feel a man is unthinking when he says sobriety is enough.
When I reflect on Step Nine, I see that physical sobriety must be enough for me. I need to remember the hopelessness I felt before I found sobriety, and how I was willing to go to any lengths for it. Physical sobriety is not enough for those around me, however, since I must see that God’s gift is used to build a new life for my family and loved ones. Just as importantly, I must be available to help others who want the A.A. way of life.
I ask God to help me share the gift of sobriety so that its benefits may be shown to those I know and love.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“We will not refuse to help the helpless or lift up the fallen, 
but we will refuse to wallow in the mud because of our sympathies.” 
Ernest Holmes

I was like a little ball of Asian resentments
 when I got here.
And Jesus the Christ said:
( MATTHEW 18:4 *NKJV )
Come, come, whoever you are.
Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow
a thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 247 Insights
“Without forgiveness I will still be blind.”
Sin is another word for lack of Love, or separation from Love. Belief in being separated from Love is an attack on Love because it is a denial of unity. Forgiveness is letting go of the ego, which is the idea that separation could be possible.
As long as I hang on to the ego thought of being a separate identity, I cannot see the unity that Christ’s vision would show me. The whole Course is leading me to recognize the nothingness and meaninglessness of the ego. With this recognition, I can be brought to the point of letting it go.
I only hang on to the ego because I think it has meaning and therefore gives me meaning. Yet what is truly nothing cannot give meaning. It has nothing to give. When I identify with the ego, I identify with nothing. To the degree that I am able to let go of a separate identity, to that degree I am able to see the Love that unifies my brother with me and with our Father, our Source.
Every moment is a choice. Do I want the loneliness and isolation of a separate identity or do I want the joy and communion that comes with identifying with All That is? Do I want to spend my life searching for moments of happiness, that even if achieved, bring with them a sense of impermanence and uncertainty so that even those happy moments cannot be fully appreciated? This is the best the ego has to offer.
On the other hand, what the Holy Spirit has to offer is joy beyond words, a deep peace that cannot be disturbed and a sense of Love that cannot be experienced in a world of separation. Best of all, what the Holy Spirit offers is eternal and changeless. Looking at these two options, the choice seems obvious. Yet most of the time I don’t make the obvious choice because of a lingering belief that if I give up my unique identity, I will lose all that I value. This is true. But this lingering resistance is only because I do not realize what I have been valuing is valueless. I may be giving up all that I value, but I will be giving up nothing valuable.
By valuing the nothingness of the ego, I am blind to the gifts every brother has to offer me because of What he is in truth. This is why I need to turn every day, and as many times a day as I can to the Holy Spirit for His Light to show me what is truly valuable and what is valueless. He will teach me to recognize the mistakes and let them go. Thus will I receive the blessings of Christ’s vision as I learn to look on my brothers as my Self. Through forgiveness I will see.
The Course asks me again and again to see past my brother’s separate identity to the Light of God which lies behind it. The Course reminds me to see the Light in my brother again and again, which reminds me of the truth about myself. Without remembering the truth, I am blind. Being blind is making illusions of separation real. This does not bring happiness. It brings only fear. Our unity in God is the only truth. Love is sharing unity. Awareness of sharing the unity of God comes with taking the blindfold off.
Today I will practice taking the blindfold off by mentally telling each brother I meet or think of, “My brother, I share God’s unity with you. We are one in God.” I cannot see both the ego identity and our unity in God at the same time, for they are total opposites. As I practice remembering the truth and telling the truth, I will see the truth and teach the truth today. This is practicing forgiveness.
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“A man will be beloved if, possessed with great power,
he still does not make himself feared.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi:

Ernest Hemingway – Banquet Speech
As the Laureate was unable to be present at the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall in Stockholm, December 10, 1954, the speech was read by John C. Cabot, United States Ambassador to Sweden*
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«Having no facility for speech-making and no command of oratory nor any domination of rhetoric, I wish to thank the administrators of the generosity of Alfred Nobel for this Prize.
No writer who knows the great writers who did not receive the Prize can accept it other than with humility. There is no need to list these writers. Everyone here may make his own list according to his knowledge and his conscience.
It would be impossible for me to ask the Ambassador of my country to read a speech in which a writer said all of the things which are in his heart. Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses he will endure or be forgotten.
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.
How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.
I have spoken too long for a writer. A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it. Again I thank you.»
Prior to the speech, H.S. Nyberg, Member of the Swedish Academy, made the following comment: «Another deep regret is that the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, Mr. Ernest Hemingway, on account of ill health has to be absent from our celebration. We wish to express our admiration for the eagle eye with which he has observed, and for the accuracy with which he has interpreted the human existence of our turbulent times; also for the admirable restraint with which he has described their naked struggle. The human problems which he has treated are relevant to all of us, living as we do in the confused conditions of modern life; and few authors have exercised such a wide influence on contemporary literature in all countries. It is our sincere hope that he will soon recover health and strength in pursuit of his life-work.»
From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1969

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