Thursday, March 6, 2014
He who lives in peace and harmony with himself lives in peace and harmony with the universe. -Marcus Aurelius
Our best problem-solving resource is peace. Solutions arise easily and naturally out of a peaceful state. Often, fear and anxiety block solutions. Anxiety gives power to the problem, not the solution. It does not help to harbor turmoil. It does not help.
Peace is available if we choose it. In spite of chaos and unsolved problems around us, all is well. Things will work out. We can surround ourselves with the resources of the Universe: water, earth, a sunset, a walk, a prayer, a friend. We can relax and let ourselves feel peace.
Today, I will let go of my need to stay in turmoil. I will cultivate peace and trust that timely solutions and goodness will arise naturally and harmoniously out of the wellspring of peace. I will consciously let go and let God.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Patient people do not simply stand and suffer. They are busy carefully planning what positive thing they will do next.
It is simple to start demanding wisdom right now. But patience is teemed with acceptance. One doesn’t happen without the other. Wisdom comes with acceptance, and that takes patience. We can’t demand it. We can only accept it.
Patience does not tell us, “grin and bear it.” It does remind us that if we resist acting rashly, all answers will come, in our Higher Power’s time, not ours. Patience promises rewards for tomorrow and nourishes a desire for change if we give progress ample time.
Action for the Day: Patience insists that I make real instead of false starts at growth. It tells me that my greatest teacher is time. I must act only when my plans are well constructed.
One Day At A Time
There is no easier, softer way.
To bring the great escape act into sobriety is to travel with a companion
that led me to despair long ago.
The teaching I receive in Alcoholics Anonymous about courage and love
helps me to continue to grapple with the challenges of life as they are given to me, one day at a time.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol.3], p. 320
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life is a steady drizzle of small things -- carry an umbrella.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.
Willingness to learn
Look back at everything you did yesterday and ask yourself this simple but powerful question. What worked, and what didn’t?
The way to improve and to become more effective is to learn. The way to learn is to take the time to look at what actually happened.
You don’t need some celebrated guru to reveal to you how to improve your work. You just need the willingness to learn from what you’ve done.
Instead of getting angry or frustrated about your failures, choose to learn from them. Instead of getting boastful or complacent about your successes, make the choice to learn from them.
Learn what helps you, what holds you back, what makes you more effective and what slows you down. Learn from your encounters, your experiences, your joys, your setbacks and from the surprising twists that life often takes.
In everything is the valuable opportunity to learn if you’ll simply decide to do so. Learn from it all, and make each day better than the one before.
— Ralph Marston