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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Charity and Facebook

Hasn't been too long since I posted last. Just this afternoon actually. Here's the meditation from 24 Hours a Day. Then I'll share about it...

"If I have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal." Charity means to care enough about other people to really want to do something for them. A smile, a word of encouragement, a word of love, goes winged on its way, simple though it may seem, while the mighty words of an orator fall on deaf ears. Use up the odd moments of your day in trying to do some little thing to cheer up another person. Boredom comes from thinking too much about yourself.

We've all heard in the program, "You can't keep it if you don't give it away." That's not a sound enough motive to be charitable of course, but it is very true.

Boredom doesn't grip me like it used to because I keep so busy. I work, do alot of AA related stuff and write. I'm coming to a point, though, where I need to start making time for the everyday things too. I have to be very careful to find a good balance between work, recovery, relationships, and leisure. Some of those can be intermixed of course... And charity. I pray every night to be put in situations where I can help other people. Whether it's on the street or organizing a food drive for Second Harvest. The smallest things can make the biggest difference in someone's life. Sometimes just a simple smile.

Tonight's men's group was good. Found out something sad though. I knew that there was someone missing when I came back. We don't always ask because it is an anonymous program and not everyone wants you to know. He was mentioned tonight so I went ahead and inquired as to where he was. It ends up he passed away a couple of years ago. Now I didn't know him that well, he was just one of those people you like seeing around. I can tell that he is greatly missed.

Ok. Facebook. I've been either forgetting or subconsciously evading the subject. A while back I posted that I would be staying away from it for a while. Well. I did... for a couple of days. I saw that the outpouring of support was still there and I appreciate it more than anyone could know. I said to myself, "You use FB for something better now." It would've felt like I was turning my back on that. So I returned. Still don't do a heck of a lot on there, but I do love seeing all the wonderful things folks have to say. And I learn from those things too.

1 comment:

  1. Charity is a wonderful thing, and a great way for me to get out of myself and my little problems. I've been praying lately for service work positions and considered volunteering for certain organizations. I'm apprehensive about committing to organizations because I have a weird work schedule. Then two meetings asked me to take on a commitment and I'm sure I can do that.