Grateful to those who have lit our flame...
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. - Albert Schweitzer
I was invited to attend some dear friends daughter's fourth birthday celebration. She is now in her senior year at a college in Maryland, going for a degree in counseling. Before I confuse you anymore let me explain.
I attended her fourth year anniversary celebration. It was her fourth year of sobriety! The large cafeteria at a local Menonite church was full of her fellow recovered alcoholics, their friends and loved ones. There was so much goodwill and laughter in the air... there was also eternal hope and heartfelt gratitude.
Each person celebrating their one, three, four, nine and even twenty-one year period of sobriety got a chance to go to the podium and speak. Each spoke about their journey towards recovery. They related their triumphs over their trials and tribulations.
They talked about no longer being content with just getting by. How serenity was not the absence of conflict, but their new found ability to cope with it.
They spoke about their gratitude and all the wonderful positive changes to their life since reaching sobriety. Especially about reconnecting with loved ones.
Each one also spoke about their gratitude towards their mentors or sponsors and the meaningful bonds and friendshps they had cultivated over the years.
Most told about how their staying sober was a direct result of being of service to others and paying their message forward.
We also heard insipiring stories filled with faith and how many had experienced a "spiritual awakening" in their lives.
It made me remember my Viejita's advice about prayer and meditation and how they were both vital to one's life.
She often reminded her family that, "It is impossible to stumble when one is on their knees."
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
The less known part to this beautiful prayer ends with...
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen. - Reinhold Niebuhr
Make it a great dia!