Sunday Sundries – Canada Victorious – The End of the Month
It was a beautiful weekend. Temps were mild. The snow is melting but with daily moderate temps come frigid nightly lows. The approach to March looks like cold. Winter is not giving up its hand very easily.
It was an early call this morning. I wasn’t feeling all that well when I went to bed last night. But I had to get up and see the winning game. Our boys played a good game. They did a good job. It wasn’t a total massacre, but both teams were down players, but Canada had the better team consistently, on the ice. So the games come to a close with Canada in good standing for medals, and Gold where it really counted.
HOCKEY is CANADA’S GAME …
Our best women and men proved that once again. The pride of our country swelled just a bit this morning. We are all so proud of all the athletes who competed in Sochi. Well done.
I slept a little this morning. I really wasn’t interested in the Closing Ceremonies, the only reason to watch them is to see your home country march into the stadium.
I was and ready to go early because I needed to get a baby present, and I didn’t get into the core so I opted for the Hallmark Gold shop in our home mall. I arrived to the church and cranked out set up.
We sat a good crowd for the last Sunday of the month. Traditions meetings are either hit or miss. It is all about the newcomers, being prepared to welcome then getting out of the way.
The end of the month brings the traditions and the monthly business meetings across the city. So we read from the Twelve and Twelve and Tradition Two …
“For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants they do not govern.”
It is suggested that we join groups and become part of. It is suggested that we welcome the newcomer and being part of a group allowing them to serve others, (and make their mistakes). A long time member said that tonight.
There have been moments in the past that certain people came and demanded positions and tossed old timers out on their ass. The groups survived them.
I’ve learned that we are dispensable. I am part of many groups. I am responsible for two churches. And i do service so that I can make space in my daily life for the newcomer who might show up.
There are always opportunities for members to get active. New faces, means new blood and new opportunities to learn how to serve others. Because in the end, it is not about me. I am just one person. I do not govern.
However I feel, in certain cases there are newcomers who resent my presence, and once again tonight, at a business meeting I assented and deferred to newcomers to do service, and once again was rebuffed, with “what are you looking at me for?” I work very hard to include everyone in group activity, to work along side folks who want to show up. Because that is why we are there.
Another friend said that “A little conflict is healthy because it means that people care.” There has been conflict in our little meeting, which came to a head last month and I am sure will carry into our business meeting coming this week. Which is why we need all the voices and not just some. For certain situations we need all the members to be present to make certain decisions. God as we understand him speaks as we all sit around the table and discuss.
I always learn. I am always trying to be teachable.
Because it is not about me. You can’t get sober and keep your ego.
It was a good night.
More to come, stay tuned …