Our Folded Hands

Women helping Women. Reaching out to the Sister who still suffers. Helping each other through the Good times and the Difficult times. To get to the SOBER way of life, One Day at a Time.

Promise of a new Day

When a man leaves off believing in imaginary property, then only will he make use of his true property. —Leo Tolstoy—

The original meaning of property is “belonging to the self.” In this sense, land, houses, money, paintings, jewels, cars, cannot be our property; they are all things, and we enjoy using them, but they have nothing to do with our selves.What then is our true property? It’s our moral and spiritual qualities; our capacity for love, our commitment to honesty.

These are what make a difference in who we are. The difference between a lie and the truth is vastly greater than the difference between a bicycle and a Mercedes. When we appreciate this distinction, we can begin to develop our spiritual selves.
We all know that things can’t make us happy; only a loving heart and a clear conscience can do that. Yet often we act as though the piling up of things was important in itself. A little reflection can restore our balance and return our imaginary property to its true place in our lives.True property is what nothing can take away from me.