I have seriously gotten to the point where I am sick of reading and hearing about politics in this country. I once liked to listen to news, but over the past year I have tuned it out. I don't even read the newspaper on a daily basis, but prefer to catch up when I can. Nothing but the same old stuff to read anyway. And the media are like vultures waiting for the next blood letting to occur. So I am shutting it out.
I know that I don't have to be in the thick of political discussions, but no matter where I go, it seems to come up. Even on a trail ride yesterday where there was so much peace, a friend started talking about Muslims and not knowing what had happened to their religion. I kept my mouth shut. I don't need to get into a conversation that is going to end up polarized. And I know that I am not going to change any minds.
One of the good things about practicing the principles of Al-Anon is that I can use them as a guide to life outside of the rooms. And now, more than ever, I am glad that I have those principles. Things like "How important is it?", "Never miss an opportunity to keep my mouth shut", "Take what I like and leave the rest", "THINK", and "Live and let live" come to mind. I can tune out the chaos and the hate.
Since the last time I wrote, I have been asked to sponsor another fellow who just began in Al-Anon. He recently separated from his alcoholic wife and is having a hard time. The same aspects of behavior that I had are there: guilt, shame, anger, fear, obsession, anxiety. But I know that we can work through all of these together. I have seen it happen a number of times. A sad person becomes a powerful person. Willingness and trust is all it takes for us to walk together in recovery over the next months. He seems willing and trust will come. More will be revealed as we move forward in the steps.
I am seeing signs of spring here. The azaleas are blooming. The garden is looking good. This winter has been mild for which I am glad. I am going on the boat next week. With temperatures in the 70's, it is time to get on the water. I hope that you are all doing well.