While driving to my 8 p.m. meeting... I was thinking about my post above this one.
I doubt many other people do this... but, I was getting all over myself asking me... "Dallas, couldn't you have worded that message better? Maybe you could have come up with a more constructive and positive way of saying what you said? And, then... maybe not have hurt someone's feelings or offended anyone."
In all reality... I'm sure that I could have said it differently... and I could go back and use the delete button... and just get rid of it entirely... but, as I sit here contemplating those ideas... maybe then, I'd be kicking my butt about me trying to play God and control the outcome of my actions.
I guess the great fact for me is... I'll never know if it was my own character defects... my communication skills... or... if on the other hand... maybe a God as I understand Him, wanted me to write the message just like I wrote it.
This is a prime example for me... of "why" I like to stick as close to my understanding of the instructions in the Big Book.... (sticking with the black on the white) , in regards to trying to help another alcoholic in taking the 12 Steps.
If I stick as close as I can... to the book's instructions... I don't have to second guess myself or anything else. Kind of like... follow the recipe... and let the chips fall where they fall... and if I don't try to influence the results... I can often trust that it might have been God's will for the moment.
At least I feel better that I tagged the previous message with this one... and if someone is offended by the one before this one... they'll read this one too and understand that if I offended you or anyone else... I'm sorry for that, and I certainly would not intend to offend!
I'm not trying to be apologetic... just trying to do and be the best that I can. Kind of like 10th Step effort?