Daily Steps On Our Road to Recovery for 19 to 25 July 1999.
Published Last Week. A daily hint published each day since June 1996. This is past my third year anniversary since starting my web pages. Page Down for the next days that are added a day at a time. I have moved to http://www.recoverybydiscovery.com and this daily page is now here at http://www.recoverybydiscovery.com/daily.htm . I would appreciate any feedback, questions and suggestions that you have.
19 July 1999
One of the most valuable things we can have, is questions.
I have come to realize, that many blessings, came from questions,
I asked long ago. I have come to realize, that prayer is better,
when prayer is a question. Then, we are not begging for something.
Then we are not at the same time affirming that we do not have
that something. For example, instead of asking for a better job,
it would be better to ask, "How can I get a better job?" Instead
of asking for a better car or relationship it would be better to ask,
"How can I get a better car?" or "How can I be in a better
relationship?" Instead of asking for better health we could ask:
"I wonder how I could be healthier?" Instead of asking for
happiness we could ask: "What must I do to be happier?" or
"I wonder how I could be happier?" Then we are in a conversation
with the infinite and answers can now come as a part of our
conversation. Prayer is meant to be a conversation and not
just orders for the great bellhop in the sky.
20 July 1999
There are some free programs that I appreciate the most. I am
starting a collection on the above page. What are your favorites?
I am moving the programs on my free page to my programs page
The Blame Game
There is nothing that I can see as our challenge beyond our
blame game. Blaming runs through most of what we think, say,
do... I wonder how much blaming I can find today. I wonder how
much you can find. I expect to find a lot of stinking thinking that
I can accept and forgive.
The biggest blame game going on is our blame we give to God.
We call disasters Acts of God. We tend to blame God when any
thing goes "wrong". We tend to take credit when things go "right".
The truth is that God would prefer for us to live in His Garden of
Eden, Eden meaning Pleasure. God would prefer to walk and talk
with all of us. God would prefer us to live in the tree of life instead
of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. All we need to do is drop
blaming and accept responsibility for where we are.
21 July 1999
My wife and I watched a show last night about the twin advisers,
Dear Abby and Ann Landers. They are twin sisters and their story
was about how they had a falling out, after they became competitive
with their columns. They knew what they would advise others, but
they did not know how to take their own advice.
They got back together when their families encouraged them to go
together to their 40th year high school reunion. The one that did the
Ann Landers column, advised against divorce and yet became the 50%
statistic. If she had been a man they would have said HE paid too much
attention to HIS business and HIS fights. If her husband had been a
woman they would have written that SHE needed to take on a new
career, after SHE completed HER first career. The career he took
up was raising a new wife, perhaps to be more attentive. It is interesting
how clear our solutions become when we put any situation in a new light.
It is interesting how we usually can assist others more than we can assist
ourselves. I know some that have expressed this insight directly.
First we have to be willing to put ourselves into a new light and
see what we would advise others. We have to be willing to listen,
really listen, to the wisest part of us. I have always found it valuable,
to listen to what I had to share with others, since it often applies to me.
I sometimes see what I would think when I substitute my wife for me
and I am feeling that this would be a habit to encourage in myself.
22 July 1999
Salamander 1.52 from http://vorvan.sh.cvut.cz/salamander/ is a small
free file manager program from Czechoslovakia. It reminded me of my
favorite shareware file manager in DOS, Qfiler, that I bought long ago. I
am trying out their 1.6 beta 3version and am sending my first bug report.
They have automated their bug report process and that alone is impressive.
Some solutions take some time. Solutions are a process, not an event.
That means that our solutions are happening all the time. Our challenge is
to tune into what is happening now. Parts of past solutions are showing up
now as they will in the future. When we wonder why we have some problem,
challenge, we are setting up a future solution when we pay attention.
23 July 1999
Some of us may have been thinking about fate as we watched the
drama of the Kennedys. Yes, we all have a destiny. Our destiny is to
return to our lord most high within. Of course it is better to be returning
while we are here. Then we are comforted, in our homecoming process.
I am going through some physical challenges. Of course that has
always been true, to some extent. I am now paying more attention to my
challenges. That is one of my blessings in disguise, increasing awareness
through my challenges.
That reminds me of my computer's motherboard and my motherboard
reminds me of me and my parents. My motherboard is also perfectly
imperfect. One example is that I had a ! in my "Primary IDE controller"
and "Secondary IDE controller". The ! is to indicate a problem, a challenge.
Even so, my system ran well. Then I discovered how to get Windows 95
to recognise my hard drives by name, instead of as a "GENERIC DISK
TYPE 47". That got rid of the ! and identified my Maxdor drives by their
number. Later, I discovered that "Performance" tab in the "System Properties"
went from "Your system is configured for optimal performance." to
"compatibility mode paging" and 16 bit DOS mode. Interestingly, there
was little performance difference, either way.
So, my computer system was perfectly imperfect, but I became
more aware of its characteristics. Sort of like our parents, they were
perfectly imperfect, and we could not get them perfect. Anything we
did to help in one area and showed up bad in another. That is true
of our wives, friends and clients. Their getting better depends on their
conscious intentions. They are already getting their unconscious intentions
as we are getting ours.
24 July 1999
One of the characteristics of a child is the wonder that they live in.
They wonder about a lot of things. I wondered about what the adults
knew. I found out that it was not much.
One way to return to the wonder of the Kingdom of Heaven is to
learn how to wonder again. Some of my most effective prayers were
about wondering. I wondered about why I was shy and could not hear
in one ear. That set into effect most of the major events in my life until
I found my answer. My short story is here.
25 July 1999
The good news is that the physical problem that I was concerned
about, is getting better. The other good news is that I am paying more
attention and getting better at paying attention. The blessing in disguise
is that each challenge can wake us up some more, or not. Our choice,
What challenges are in your life? I wonder how our challenges could
be used for our continuing advancement and advantage.
Michael Foster, MA
http://i.am/rbd; or http://jump.to/recovery.
(301)Total-DC or (301)868-2532
or (301) 868-6749
Michael Foster, MA
"Learn HOW to recovery by discovering the blocks you need to remove and the actions you need to take and what you need to let go of as your blocks to your blessings."
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