Father Leo’s Daily Meditation
September 28, 2013
Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.”
– William Saroyan
Today I am able to learn from my mistakes because I can see that they really were mistakes! I was trying to play the game of life without a full deck. My big mistake in life was trying to drink alcohol like a non-alcoholic. I couldn’t do it.
Drugs do not think; they react. They always work, and for me they worked against me. Most of my failures in life stemmed from a fundamental misconception — alcoholics cannot drink like non-alcoholics! This I now accept. And in a strange way that is difficult to explain, I am a stronger person for having lived through my alcoholism. God has become more real, the world is more comprehensible, my life is more understandable because of the pain.
If a part of “goodness” is knowing that you are not perfect, then on a daily basis I am becoming a good person.
God, who has created a world in which there is pain and failure, help me to accept both as vehicles to wisdom.