“We had to fearlessly face the proposition that god is either everything or else He is nothing. God either is or he isn’t. What was our choice to be?” ~ Alcoholics Anonymous
At my regular Monday night 12-step meeting, the topic was every-day gratitude.
The meeting leader began by asking everyone to consider the good in their lives. She said that she (and we all related!) can have a great day filled with positive, enjoyable experiences, but if there’s one thing that is the least bit-negative, she obsesses on that thing.
That one thing–whether it’s a phone call, an exchange at the grocery store or, heaven forbid, goat poop in the living room (true story, see my friend Julie Langdon Barrett’s post)–spins a sweet day 180-degrees until it becomes sour.
What do you do when a goat poops on your day?
Do you: A) Share an evening beverage with your sweetie while relaxing and sharing the joyous moments of your day, or, B) When you lay eyes on your sweetie, exclaim, “The friggin’ goat pooped in the middle of the floor!”
That was certainly me a few days ago. Metaphorically, I had a huge pile of goat poop in my living room.
My recent trip to Kansas City was peaceful and affirming in every way but one. Several gatherings of old friends, a much-needed massage from Missouri hands I miss in Texas, a 12-step meeting at my old home group, my beautiful niece’s wedding were rejuvenating for me. Then there was the goat poop thing.
It took days to get the goat poop swept from my mind.
The topic of gratitude
So back to my recent Monday night 12-step meeting. People shared about expressing gratitude for the good in their lives and really feeling it moment-by-moment.
Someone mentioned focusing on the assets of his day, rather than the defects. He spoke about learning from the defects but realizing that it’s the assets that buoy him so that he knows his day is good.
Another person in last week’s Kansas City meeting said, “I take care of the possibles and let God take care of the impossibles.”
I particularly like that last reminder because it brings me back to my center, back to God.
God (or whatever you choose to call your Higher Power), is everything or nothing.
I prefer choosing “everything,” don’t you? Everything is everything, even goat-poop things.
Who knows why goat poop happens (still being metaphorical!)? You don’t have to know why; but in order to live peacefully, you do need to accept that do-do has no power over you-you!
And that is something to be grateful for every day.
Photo courtesy of taliesen.