Sober since April 6, 2006


Monday, September 25, 2006

tolerance, pity, patience

"We realized that the people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves, 'This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? Godsave me from being angry. Thy will be done.'"
-Big Book p.66

Tolerance, pity, and patience. I need much more of these -- along with the cheerfulness to share them with.

Geez, I can't remember ever being cheerful to react with tolerance, pity, and patience toward someone who wronged me. "Grudgingly" would be a more accurate term. And even in the end, I still wasn't tolerant, sympathetic, or patient enough anyway.

That's alot to pray for ... but man, I need it.


Trudging said...

Its a tough thing! Keep it up


Sometimes I have to stop myself in mid sentence because I know I'm out of PAT. Takes time.
I see you,

Anonymous said...

As time passes, and with prayer and meditation,I realize more and more that it is a "symptom" of a problem,and not the problem.See Ya Gods Kid.