Alcoholics Anonymous Blog & Video | May 23 2014
Step five: learning to tell the truth, see the truth and hear the truth. There are no days off in recovery, we can't go backwards, and looking forwards, can create expectations which are resentments under construction. Open honest and willing, unity service and recovery are really good in Fellowship, and even better: living life one day at a time.
The saying about three wise monkeys, "see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil," believed to have been incorporated Confucius’s Code of Conduct. And yet we can see, speak and hear all around us, the disagreeable distortion of reality by other people. And yet we can still hold onto our own beliefs and opinions which have no real truth in them. Sharing truth about ourselves, starts a process of unlocking the truth, not only for ourselves, it helps us in getting to the truth on a daily basis. Culture, society and history cause prejudice and stigma every single day.
Embracing the truth is very difficult when dealing with people who will hold different opinions and beliefs, and very often are paid to put forward points of view, which have no real foundation, and no facts to back up what they say. Very important not to shoot the messenger, better to embrace the messenger, and then to confront the foundations upon which others base their truth. Especially those in local government who don't readily accept reality on a daily basis.
There is always some truth in what people say. Unfortunately, when only part of the truth is available, and there is a culture of being right, and ignoring those who might protest, we get to a place where nothing changes and those who might have valiantly tried to do something are frustrated by bureaucracy, and constant failure to deliver causing apathy long-term. We do forget that public servants have a duty of service, and not a self-serving duty of incompetence, expense, and preservation of the bureaucracy itself to the detriment of the public. And the answer is? Tolerance and love, and sack them if required, and still forgive, forgive and forgive.
When we tell the truth with tolerance and love, it does not mean we put up with incompetence. When we get to the truth, together, we get a better answer. Speak the truth, see the truth and hear the truth, in order to do this we need to listen to everything and make sure whatever we do is based on the truth rather than gossip and opinion. Now how hard is that?
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