Monday, March 30, 2015
We all carry it within us: supreme strength, the fullness of wisdom, unquenchable joy. It is never thwarted and cannot be destroyed. But it is hidden deep, which is what makes life a problem. —Huston Smith
How does a man lose touch with his strength, his wisdom, his joy? Perhaps it is in the nature of humanity. Our most profound qualities are hidden deep. They never go away, but we cannot always find them. There may be nothing wrong with ourselves as men when we lose touch. It doesn't have to mean that we are a "bad person" for getting depressed or for feeling inadequate. Who doesn't have that problem? It is the nature of life that we sometimes feel this way.
When we cannot find those reassuring feelings of strength and wisdom and joy, we may think they are gone forever. We even doubt we ever had them or could have them again. But they are still there. They cannot be destroyed. And when we regain contact we know they have been with us all along.
I will have faith that the innermost places in me can never be destroyed.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
As recovering people, we're getting stronger each day. We go to meetings to learn how to be better people. But we also go to remind ourselves of the beast inside us---our addiction. This beast is waiting for us to slip---to go back to our addiction---so it can regain control.
Thus ,it's wise to learn all we can about our disease. That's why it's important to do a good job on our Fourth Step. When we work Step Four, we learn how our addiction acts, thinks, and feels. With the help of our program, we can quiet the beast. One Day at a Time.,
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I'm fighting for my life. Thanks to You, I'm winning today and my life is free.
Action for the Day: I'll talk to a friend about my addiction, the beast inside me. I'll do this so it will have less power over me.
One Day At A Time
There would be no music if high C were the only note, no art if spectrum red were the only color, no joy in pleasure if pleasure were the only feeling -- and, paradoxically, there would be no perfection without imperfection.
What does this mean to me? Well, first it means that I don't have to be perfect.
All I have to do is grow at a pace natural to me -- and that is all I have a right to expect of others.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 61
Thought to Ponder . . .
Give me the courage to be imperfect.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
The only way you’ll ever be happy is to be happy with what you have. You can be happy this very instant if you’ll simply be happy with what you have.
Being happy with what you have doesn’t prevent you from creating more. In fact, it puts you in a powerful position to add new value to your world and your life.
When you’re happy with what you have, you’re deeply in touch with life’s abundance. Within that abundance is every good possibility.
Be happy, and thankful, for the way life is. It will open your eyes to the best possibilities for the way life can be.
There is great value in whatever you already have. The way to see that value, and to make full use of it, is to be happy with what you have.
Life’s richness is yours the moment you allow it. Be happy with what you have, and nothing can stop you from having it all.
— Ralph Marston