Mocha Angels 365. Day 66.

“In all situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere.

We need not be discouraged when we fall into the error of our old ways, for these disciplines are not easy. We shall look for progress, not for perfection.” — Step 10, pg 91.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

As a friend of mine once drilled into my head, when a situation is going south, check yourself first. Watch your language. Watch your tone. Practice self-restraint. If you are wrong, admit it promptly. If you are right, then forgive promptly. Anger and resentment are the fastest pathways to addiction.

Mocha Angels 365. Day 347.

I received a blessing at the grocery store yesterday morning. I was waiting in line behind a woman who reminded me of my friend Lori, who is a sparkly magical woman. I saw she had Shoprite store gift cards. I thought, “Good for her. Someone blessed her with gift cards before Christmas.” While I was waiting, I looked at the tabloids and felt thankful that I’m not a celebrity. 😊 The lady left without a word to me.

I made nice with the cashier. We talked about the weather. The cost of my groceries was $43.65. The cashier swiped a store gift card. I saw it lying by the cash register, so I thought it had a zero balance because the lady in front of me had used it. The store card had a $35.55 balance. And it was for me.

The cashier says, “Your total is $8.10.” My jaw dropped. “What?”

“The lady who just left said to give it to you. Merry Christmas!”

Stunned. Happy. Joyous. Grateful. I was all of those things. The cashier and a few other ladies said some very nice things about the lady and about me. I am so happy right now.