It's a Monday and that usually means getting a mind adjustment for going back to work. Instead, I was greeted with a car that wouldn't start which meant another trip to the dealership to determine why, with a new battery, there is still something (a short, a bad alternator???) draining the battery. It wasn't exactly how I had planned to start the day. But somedays you just have to roll with the punches.
I'm glad that all the blogger friends in Texas withstood Ike. I don't think that my colleagues at the Galveston Laboratory are doing well at all. They probably lost not only their homes but the lab is likely devastated. I haven't heard any news on that yet. The Houston and Galveston areas look really bad. Recovery from damage like this takes time and a toll on people after a while. And it's made worse by no electricity.
Living without electricity in the South means hot, humid days and lots of mold. We managed to survive 23 days with a generator that ran the well pump and kept the freezer and refrigerator going. I have become a creature who like air conditioning, especially when it's near 90 F and about 80% humidity.
These are obstacles that can break serenity. Yet, in spite of all the problems, buildings can be rebuilt, the electricity will be back on, and life goes on. Like my father used to say, "Get back on the horse after a fall".
At tonight's meeting, I'm going to chair and have as a topic the 3 obstacles to success in Al-Anon:
1. DISCUSSIONS OF RELIGION
Al-Anon is not allied with any sect or denomination. It is a spiritual program, based on no particular form of religion. Everyone is welcome, no matter of what affiliation or none. We defeat our purpose by entering into discussions concerning specific religious tenets.
We meet to help ourselves and others to learn and use the Al-Anon philosophy. In such groups gossip can have no part. We do not discuss members or others, and particularly not the alcoholic; our dedication to anonymity gives people confidence in Al-Anon. Careless repeating of matters heard at meetings can defeat the very purpose for which we are joined together.
Our leaders are chosen not to govern, but to serve. No member of Al-Anon should direct, assume authority or give advice. Our program is based on suggestion, interchange of experience, rotation of leadership. We progress in our own way and pace. Any attempt to manage or direct is likely to have disastrous consequences for group harmony. The key thing to remember is that we all are equal in Al-Anon. The newcomer has as much a say as the old timer.
When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time. Orison Swett Marden