If any of you are like me, I love to learn. And I love to teach what I learn or share what I learn. Learning times are my favourite times, and it is always right on time. We all got here right on time, get to sobriety right on time and get to peace and serenity right on time.
The funny thing about learning though is that we always, always teach what we learn and we always learn what we teach. This happens regardless if what we learn is positive or negative. What ever we choose to learn we see, because we have created it that way. And we see through those glasses. It doesn’t mean we don’t have challenging times, times we feel like throwing it all in and giving up, times we question, but it’s the working this program and living it out in the times that seem to glide by peacefully that we learn how to use the program and all we’ve learned to the best of our ability.
I’ve lived life’s ups and downs sometimes well sometimes not well but what I do know is that when I’m working , living, and breathing the program and faith in my Higher Power in the positive times, that the negative somehow doesn’t seem as peaceless.
I learned something recently that really I knew but because like many of you I’m a thinker and a seeker it didn’t resonate with me until now. That is that what we give we receive. I am learning the deep peace of it now. Someone at a meeting or in our literature somewhere once said something along the lines of, “why do I give away my serenity as if I was passing the salt?” What I’ve learned is that we are really giving is our fear of losing our serenity when fear replaces anything it takes it’s place where the other should be. If we give peace instead of our fear or our thoughts that we can lose it, we keep it. It took a long time for me to get that. Our Higher Power can give us everything we need. On some level (usually the ego’s) we think we can loose that. We can’t. If someone is projecting anger or hurt or guilt we will never keep our peace by trying to hang onto it, we will gain it by extending it.
Extending is sharing. When we share serenity we keep it, if we hold onto it and try to keep it the angst of trying to hold on to something creates frustration. We can share anything, and in that we don’t lose it, we gain it. For some of us sharing means giving away, like a toy a child can’t play two player with. But like with many other meanings in our life, that is not accurate. If we are giving something away like a child with a toy it is either “mine” or “yours”. Sharing involves neither. True sharing is extension of our peace and serenity to another.
It took a long time to learn it and as with most things in this life I will forever be learning to do this better. We can extend forgiveness, we can extend love all of those things that are good, we can share but when we do, it doesn’t mean we take it away for ourselves. It means we keep it. When we forgive others, we gain forgiveness.
What we learn, we learn right on time and what we learn we teach. What we teach….we learn, what we share and extend…we keep.