It is a beautiful day here. The rains from earlier in the week have moved out, leaving bright blue skies and a nice breeze.
I called my sponsor this morning. The home phone is now disconnected as he is leaving today to drive across country. In 3-4 days he will arrive at his new home.
I did a barrier island tour for a group of people from one of the nearby resort islands on Thursday. One fellow was complaining about how labor unions have ruined this country. He used the example of his visit to China where rickshaw drivers will work all year just to buy a color TV. He thought that was great. I realize that some days people appear in my life just to test the idea of placing principles above personalities.
I have had a tendency all my life to speak my truth. In the past, this was blunt, no nonsense truth as I saw it. I really didn't care who I angered. These days I practice restraint of tongue and pen. I can listen, even though I vehemently may disagree. I do express my opinion but not in a way that is confrontational or dismissive. Believe me, it takes work. But I do my best to remember that I cannot change the mind of another. I can state my own view without being disagreeable or rude--most of the time.
Every day is an opportunity to work on myself and my attitude. I so clearly see that enlightenment takes work, practice, and desire for growth.