My father was sightless from the age of 4-5, and became a mute at age 50. He was a farmer, who with my mother spent some of their winters visiting us in sunny, warm (Yeah...right--grin!) Naples, FL.
Deaf-Blind Pop just loved, REALLY loved to swim in the Gulf of Mexico. He could tell by the sun and the breeze which way was the shore--when he swam out to a sandbar. One time he swam out there, the sun hid itself, and the breeze decided a siesta was a good idea. So he determined which way to swim, and he wrongly chose to swim west, toward Corpus Christi, TX...800 miles across the Gulf.
Someone did swim out there finally...but nobody including himself knew he was "in trouble". One of my sisters, visiting for a week, bought a 500-foot boat-towing line at a marina, and from that day, Pop was tethered to my mother who sat in a chair on the beach collecting coquina for soup-making. And so whenever Pop wanted to swim back to shore, he just followed his lifeline.
I make the analogy here of a Peep swimming around in the life of an alcoholic. There is no way to discover the direction for the shore of sobriety. It just does never occur to the Alkie, that if he doesn't take that first drink, he will never, NEVER get drunk. Somehow, an outside force (Higher Power? God!?) intervenes in any number of human ways/forms. The lifeline of Alcoholics Anonymous is hooked onto his belt at first. The Steps, which he learns about from a sponsor, become a way of life which he works at following...never perfectly.
Eventually--it happened to me--that lifeline of sobriety in AA became wrapped around his heart, and a love which cannot be expressed in words, grew (slowly in my case). Only in actions, behaviors, mistakes, amends, a knowledge of self, a willingness to grow along spiritual lines, and helping others to live God's Will, can I show my regard, my respect for, my LOVE of this program which has given me an extra 35 years to live.
Peeps, let us stay sober and help one another today. Let us please not be spiteful. But let us in forgiveness, grow in the grace of humility...and SOBRIETY! Allow me please to lovingly try to understand those who show disagreement with me, and just Let Go and Let God!
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