PRACTICE YOUR VIOLIN, STEVE
Oh, the suffering I endured as a child, age between 6-9 as I was told that I must practice my violin first before enjoying the fruits of childhood. Playing outside, making friends, networking, fighting, hurting, being hurt, making up. friends forever--those were the things I gave up. By the time I got outside, the games were over, most had gone home, and I was left to go shovel a lot of stuff in the barn. Yeah, that kind of stuff, guys.
But I did not mind the work, it was the practice, practice, practice. For WHAT?
Now I know for what. It was that I learn as much about playing the violin, so I could play it for myself, for others, for God. And I could even teach others how to play. Well, that's not entirely true: I could teach others how to practice! That way, they might learn to play.
NOTE: Always I have heard sports figures on their jobs being described as players. The same with musicians, "I'm 'playing' tonight"...or "Are you 'playing' anywhere?" It is "work", folks...work. Football or music, it is work, a job. True, it is satisfying. But not always fun.
PRACTICE THE PRINCIPLES (STEPS)
I'm sure you can see where this is going. Alcoholics Anonymous "Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs." Ah, yes! "Practice!" There is that word again. Practice. Do I have to? Must I? If I want to stay sober, yes. I do certain things. I practice.
If I wish to love others and be loved by others, I must practice these Principles. If I desire to possess some semblance of serenity, happiness, and peace, I will practice in all my doings--these twelve steps. I guess the key word IS "practice".
I do not have to ever perform solo on the concert stage of Alcoholics Anonymous. I just have to practice daily, everywhere and all the time, these things which I have learned--from someone else who practiced them before me. And if I want to live--I mean really LIVE...the simple recipe is to continue to practice.
Football players do it. Baseball players do it. Hockey players do it. Marathoners do it. Soccer players do it. Violin players do it--all their lives. And millions of recovering alcoholics do it--all their lives! It's called "Practice".
Let's DO IT!