Hold on there Bucko

Don’t be so quick to put the experience of 2020 behind you. I’m talking to myself here. A promise offered in “The Big Book” Alcoholics Anonymous “We will not regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it.” and “We will see how our experience can benefit others.” These are taken out of order and slightly incomplete. The point that is occurring to me is that, I have gained a great deal in 2020. I have learned more about what I most value and recognized that though we all respond from a diverse set of circumstances and may appear vastly different. We’re not!

A gift

We all can appreciate beauty when we see it. It seems we all initially recoil from uncomfortable situations, when encountered. As I have become better at paying attention to my responses to things, in a non-judgmental fashion. I remember times when I thought this is the worst, when in fact it was an opportunity to learn and grow. I look back now and have to chuckle, at how baaad I thought it was at the time and now my memory of it has been altered.


Blessings in disguise. A lesson I learned working in the restaurant business is, “it’s just another day.” The reason for that was I was always working when everyone else was out. Friday and Saturday nights, Valentines Day and NYE. There I was helping make it possible for the customers to enjoy themselves, while escaping from a miraculously mundane existence with weekends, made up holidays and the routine grind in cubicles under fluorescent lighting they’ve been conditioned to believe is the best way to live. My wish is that given this era of forced retreat into our dwellings all may recognize alternatives which are more rewarding and healthier for their soul.

So now! I am becoming, less sensitive while simultaneously becoming more attentive to my physical senses and less to emotional/thinking. Sensible?

Themes for my 2021

  1. What seems the worst may in fact be exactly what I need

2. Challenges turned to opportunities

3. “We’re walking each other home.”

4. Aspire to Love others the way God Loves me

2020 has enlightened me tremendously and I will not miss the chance to make the best of what I have without complaint. I may stumble and lash out reflexively, but with practice I will continue to improve.

Published by jeffw5382

Stumbling spiritual pilgrim on my way from here to here. Recovered Addict, US Navy Veteran. Sharing my journey of self discovery, in the spirit of service, generosity and gratitude.

12 thoughts on “Hold on there Bucko

  1. This was another fine example of rightly applied perspective Good stuff!

    How we deal with our past indeed determines our future. Unlike animals who live in the perpetual NOW, we are destined to repeat our past if we fail to objectively contemplate it and resolve to change that which was wrong.

    Too often our concept of FORGIVENESS tends to be synonymous with FORGETFULNESS. It is not. The opposite is true; you must consider (acknowledge, remember) the past in order to sincerely FORGIVE it. After effectively FORGIVING it, the past remains as ‘caution cones’ along life’s highway to keep us on the ‘straight and narrow’.

    ” I am Jesus whom thou persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks”. Acts 9:5 & 26:14.

    [‘pricks’ were used to prevent beasts of burden from leaving the designated path in ancient civilizations]

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  2. “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands” Ps. 143:5

    It is good to remember the former things for out of them springs hope for today.

    Have a blessed New Year of becoming more…


  3. Amen!! And gorgeous pics!! Love this: “2020 has enlightened me tremendously and I will not miss the chance to make the best of what I have without complaint. I may stumble and lash out reflexively, but with practice I will continue to improve.” Love your “themes” for 2021. Thanks for introducing me to Joe Satriani…

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