No matter what, a meeting always gives me what I need. Even if it is a terrible meeting. In those instances my sponsor has lovingly named them P&T meetings. Patience and Tolerance, that is. More recently I found myself in a P&T meeting, and for about the first half of it I let it steal my serenity. 

I did not appreciate the million announcements that delayed the meeting, the annoying person making noises behind me, all of the people getting up from their seats, or the speaker. And then I remembered it’s not all about me. 

Instead of complaining one second longer, I did a little 10th step in my head. “It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.” 12&12 p. 90. So clearly I was the problem. I was being intolerant of the entire meeting; therefore, praying for tolerance is the solution. 

I asked God for tolerance for the rest of the meeting. I prayed everyone else got what they needed from the meeting. I reminded myself that everyone has different needs. Then I asked myself, “What if the speaker was God?” (That one always gets me). Quickly, serenity was restored. I don’t remember what was said during the meeting, all I know is I got exactly what I needed: a lesson in tolerance. 


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