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Grapevine : August 2010
One morning when my husband and I were on a road trip, we read something in Daily Reflec- tions about a "spiritual kit of tools." As we drove down the highway we decided to make a list of things we would put into our spiritual toolbox. We had such fun that a few days later we stopped at a hardware store and bought the smallest toolbox we could find. We also bought a plug and re- ceptacle so we could "plug in" to our Higher Power. These went into the box along with a Grapevine; a "God box" (a small box where I place notes to God when something troubles me); small copies of the Big Book and "Twelve and Twelve"; a small notebook and pen; and several 3 by 5 cards with reminders on them such as "Write a gratitude list from one to 10," "Rule 62," "Easy Does It" and other slogans, as well as page num- bers of where to find prayers in the literature. In the tray that sits inside Spiritual toolbox SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS An AA couple puts together a handy resource for spiritual solutions the top of the toolbox, I put my spon- sor's phone number. I began using this spiritual kit of tools right away and still do. In moments of confusion I open the toolbox and invariably come across something that reminds me of how to handle a difficult situation. At other times I take out the Big Book and read a passage, or I use the tab- let and pen to write something down for the God box. Since returning home from our trip we've shared about our spiri- tual kit of tools at meetings and with sponsees. As a result we've heard oth- ers share what they would put into their tool kit and some sponsees have made a tool kit for themselves. Hav- ing a spiritual kit of tools in the form of a toolbox continues to be a valuable source for spiritual solutions and it's great for taking along on trips. Lynne C. Bend, Ore. Grapevine 51