Thursday, July 30, 2015
The hopeful person sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm. —O. S. Marden
When wise people say, "Hope springs eternal," they are reminding us that no matter how great are the obstacles, the hope of winning out in the long run still exists. Hope is our friend when all else has failed. When we have strength of character and an energetic mind, hope always flourishes.
We discover that, at the very brink of despair, we will find courage to keep trying as long as there is hope for success. After all, what have we got to lose? Without hope, we have no chance, anyway. Our chance for glory comes when we keep trying even though all seems lost. Our hearts remain strong and brave when hope reminds us that challenges last until a game is over.
What light of hope can I keep burning within me today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
So many of us avoid living in the present moment. We worry about the future.
Daydreaming and pondering are necessary in moderation, but we try to stay in the present moment for most of the day. To do this, we return to the most basic element - our breath. We concentrate on taking deep breaths. Barring a respiratory disorder, breathing is simple. When we return to the simplicity of breathing, we automatically simplify our life by focusing only on what's happening to one part of our body in one moment in time.
Today's Action: Today, when I have trouble living in the present, I will concentrate on my breathing.
One Day At A Time
The most common symptoms of emotional insecurity are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression.
These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without.
To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships
which bring continuous or recurring trouble.
It should be remembered that this kind of insecurity may arise in any area where instincts are threatened.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 52
Thought to Ponder . . .
Worry is negative meditation.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W A S P = Worry, Anger, Self-Pity.
You can do more than you think you can do, if you will start thinking you can. You can reach higher than you’ve chosen to reach, if you will choose to do so.
There are obstacles you must move past, and some of those obstacles are in your own expectations. Raising your expectations won’t magically make things happen, but it will stimulate you to make more things happen.
If you expect you can’t, you won’t. If you expect you can, you give birth to the possibility.
There’s no way around the fact that achievement requires focused effort. Your expectations put you in the frame of mind to make that effort.
Expectations also open your eyes to opportunities you never would have otherwise seen. And expectations set your imagination to work.
Positive expectations give you a desirable place to go. Then, you can put forth the effort to follow where they lead.
— Ralph Marston