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    • #31253

      Dear P,

      I would like to dedicate this thread to you.

      I want to tell you that you have been missed in here.



    • #31254

      A stone cutter may strike the rock 99 times with no apparent effect, not even a crack on the surface.
      Yet with the hundredth blow, the rock splits in two.

      It was not the final blow that did the trick, but all that had gone before.

      I may pursue a goal for months without obvious results and become convinced that I m wasting my time. But if I continue going to meeting , sharing about my struggle, taking it one day at a time, and being patient with myself, I may awaken one day , to find that I have changed , seemingly overnight.

      I have a gut feel that all these months of faith and hard work will made the changes possible one day and the results would revealed themselves abruptly one day.

      It took me a long time to become a addict and
      it may take a long time for me to recover.
      I must be patient and persistence.

    • #31255

      In life, many things is uncertain and unpredictable
      Like a ship sailing in the sea ,
      sometime it goes a little off course due to strong winds or currents
      this is like the living problems we face everyday
      it can sometime throw us off our balance
      it is perfectly ok to drift from time to time
      it is not the end of the world
      but what is more important is the awareness
      and the ability to recognize
      and “catch oneself” before it is too late,
      the willingness to change, refocus
      and continue to head in the right direction

    • #31256

      Parable of a Farmer

      Each event has no specific beginning or end and may influence future
      events for years or even centuries to come.

      An excellent example of life is found in the parable of the farmer.

      “There once was a farmer. One day the farmer’s only horse broke out
      of the corral and ran away. The farmer’s neighbours all hearing of the horse running away, came to the farmer’s house to view the corral. As they stood there, the neighbours all said “Oh what bad luck!” The farmer replied ‘maybe.’

      “About a week later, the horse returned bringing with it a whole herd of wild horses
      which the farmer and his son quickly corralled. The neighbours hearing of the
      corralling of the horses came to see for themselves. As they stood there looking at the corral filled with horses, the neighbours said “Oh what good luck!” The farmer replied ‘maybe.’

      “A couple of weeks later, the farmer’s son’s leg was badly broken when he was thrown from a horse he was trying to break. A few days later the broken leg became infected and the son became delirious with fever. The neighbours all hearing of the incident, came to see the son. As they stood there, the neighbours said “oh what bad luck.” The farmer replied ‘maybe.’

      “At that same time in the country, there was a war going on between two rival Warlords. The Warlord of the farmer’s village was involved in this war. In need of more soldiers, he sent one of his captains to the village to conscript young men to fight in the war. When the captain came to take the farmer’s son he found a young man with a broken leg who was delirious with fever. Knowing there was no way the son could fight, the captain left him there. A few days later, the son’s fever broke. The neighbours hearing of the son’s not being taken to fight in the war and of his return to good health all came to see him. As they stood there, each one stated
      “oh what good luck!” The farmer replied ‘maybe.’

      Then he revealed the secret of his wisdom.
      “It is not for us to know what is good or bad.
      It is only for us to be fully engaged in the adventure of living,
      how can we know what event is ultimately good or bad?

      That is the future and we can only know the now
      which is never good or bad, only part of the adventure.

      Who knows?”

    • #31257

      Have you heard the story of Helen Kehler ?
      She is a woman who was blind and deaf. She could not read, see, and hear

      Nobody wants to be born in that condition.
      If she was given a choice, she would choose to be born under normal circumstances

      But her spirit is very remarkable, and she became a legend
      She always gives the motivation and encouragement
      to people who have physical disabilities

      She hopes that all people with disabilities such as herself
      can live like everyone else, although this is very difficult to do

      A fantastic sentence ever Helen Kehler said:

      “It would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf
      for a few days during his grown-up live. It would make them see
      and appreciate their ability to experience the joy of sound”

      It’s a grace if each person who had grown to feel blind and deaf for a few days.
      That way, everyone will be more appreciating his life, at least when hear the sound

      Try to imagine if you became blind and deaf for two or three days
      Close your eyes and ears during this time.
      Do not allow yourself to see or heard anything

      You can’t see the beautiful world,
      you can’t see the beautiful flowers,
      and you can’t enjoy music or TV shows!
      Did you enjoy it? I think not. It will be very painful

      I am sure this will remind everyone that
      we often forget to be thankful for all that we have

      Many people always complain.
      That’s what often happens.
      They don’t appreciate what they already have
      In fact, what we have is a treasure which can’t be enjoyed by others

      For anyone who doesn’t have legs, walking is an extraordinary treasure

      Helen Kehler said that if she could see just one day,
      she believe that can do many things,
      including make an interesting article

      We could take a lesson.
      If we can appreciate what we have, we could create a better life
      We’re not going to complain and grieved! On the contrary, we can always be positive thinking and become a better man

    • #31258

      God created all things visible and invisible
      Like the visible tree and its invisible root.

      If a recovering person is free from gambling
      but not deep rooted with spiritual principles.
      Any strong winds will uproot the tree.

      Just like the person is waiting
      for some good or bad news to happen and
      he/she will lose his/her sobriety.

      Some things to think about
      A recovering person can stop gambling
      But the living problems is not going to stop
      Everyone can stop gambling but the trick is staying stop.

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    • #31260

      Chapter 1

      I walk down the street,
      There is a deep hole in the sidewalk,
      I fall in.
      I am lost.……I am hopeless,
      It take forever to find a way out.

      Chapter 2

      I walk down the same street ,
      There is a deep hole in the sidewalk,
      I pretend I dun see it,
      I fall in again.
      I can’t believe I am in the same place.
      But I believe it isn’t my fault.
      It still takes a long time to get out.

      Chapter 3

      I walk down the same street ,
      There is a deep hole in the sidewalk ,
      I see it is there
      I still fall in…‘s a habit
      I know where I am
      It is my fault
      I get out immediately

      Chapter 4

      I walk down the same street ,
      There is a deep hole in the sidewalk ,
      I walk around it

      Chapter 5

      I walk down another street.

      Where are you now?

    • #31261

      Hi P! Thinking of you today. Post when you are ready. Take care.

    • #31262

      Missing P:(

    • #31263

      I like this thread. I hope P realises how much she has helped people on here and how much we miss her!

    • #31264

      glad to see your post.

      hope to hear from you again.

    • #31265

      I want to hear from you however I can. When I came back to update and couldn’t find your thread, I was very worried.
      I would miss your personalized posts, because you always wrote such honesty into your feelings. It really helped me to read how you were handling or even not handling the emotional part of recovery. Not all days are good days and you owned those bad days in a way that gave me hope for myself.
      I just love P, all of your writings are helpful in some way.
      I don’t know why your thread is gone, but it makes me sad.

    • #31266

      Hi P,

      It was nice to read your post.

      You are one of the first people here who encourages and remind me not to be too hard on myself.

      I have understand now that life is not perfect, man is not perfect, recovery is not perfect. It is ok, this is normal, nothing was wrong but it is not an excuse to go back to old destructive ways. We shall continue to seek progress in recovery, we improve and become better but not perfect, it is good enough.

      GA,AA,NA,OA,SLA have a recovery slogan that say we seek progress not perfection.

      I really hope I am wrong and you are not too hard on yourself.

      Looking forward to your reply and post again



    • #31267
      female g

      What ever you choose we must accept. I will look forward to hearing from you. I enjoy your wisdom. And we want to support you as you have always supported usFG

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