Aha! Have you ever experienced an AHA! moment in your life? It is a time when you learned a great truth that might influence your entire future. I had such a moment one day in February in 1961. I was attending my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. I arrived early and I walked up to the front of the room and started reading those 12 Steps of AA.
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over the care of God as we understood him.
Yes! Yes! I shouted to myself silently. Instantly I felt relief. I would no longer have to try to drink like others do. So many of my friends might have one drink or two and that would be all. Me? Something inside me made me have another and another and another.
No it wasn't easy but with that support group sharing their experiences and their wisdom and with the help of God, it worked. That AHA! moment changed my life.
Over the years there have been many AHA! moments that impacted my life in other ways too. Those precious moments when suddenly you understand something that has troubled you for years. I'll be looking for another today.
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Say Something Good I attended a writer's workshop conducted by Wayne Drumheller recently at our Orange County Library and discovered that Wayne is a man with a passion. His passion is helping writers produce books of their work. I have discovered that there are so many stumbling blocks out there that keep writers from actually getting a published book in their hands I was thrilled to meet this fellow. He has assisted over 60 regional writers, photographers and artisans produce their first edition book. It was wonderful to watch a man so dedicated to his goal of helping 100 such writers in his lifetime. Man, if we could all have that kind of dedication and passion towards a goal of helping others this sure would be a better world.
God bless America and bring us world peace.
Points To Ponder Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Ralph Marston
A Little Humor Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Quote The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. Charles R. Swindoll
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The Santa Train by Art Fettig [Kindle]
Once upon a time, there was a worn out locomotive that nobody seemed to care about. Except maybe Charlie Weller, who was an old retired railroad engineer. And maybe nobody cared about old Charlie anymore either. At least it often seemed that way to Charlie. He had little to do but sit around and remember the good old days when he would run that ancient train up and down the tracks hauling freight.