Thursday, February 26, 2015
Happiness is a byproduct of an effort to make someone else happy. —Gretta Brooker Palmer
We have striven for happiness, generally in self-centered ways. We expected others to favor us with their attention, for example. Or we waited for invitations or gifts. We have probably tried to buy happiness with the purchase of a new outfit or shoes. Fleeting moments of happiness were gained, that's all. And soon we were discontent once again. And the search was begun anew.
But things have changed for some of us. We are learning, maybe slowly, how to find a more permanent happiness. And we know the happiness that comes from "getting" is elusive. Giving to others, giving attention, sharing hope, sharing our own stories, listening to theirs, is the key to finding the happiness for which we've searched so long. We must get outside of ourselves and focus on another's joy or sorrow. Only then do we get a clear perspective on who we are and the necessary role we play in the lives of others who need our attention and who have a message we also need to hear.
The creative power stirring in me needs recognition. Looking deeply into another person, listening intently to the stirring will elicit joy. I will feel in touch with my own creative power, a lasting thrill, not a fleeting moment of happiness.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
We who are blessed with a closely-knit family life, where thoughts and actions can be discussed and developed, are aware that what is given is not as important as what is shared. As we help one another, we learn that sharing can never exist unless we care first. This is the major ingredient of love.
Albert Schweitzer described human service toward a common goal as the greatest of deeds. Charles Dickens assured us that when we lighten the burdens of another; we can never consider ourselves useless. Those of us who are led today may show the way tomorrow. In giving, we receive, and in getting we cannot avoid being givers.
Action for the Day: I will be mindful of what do I receive by giving today.
One Day At A Time
I no longer allow others to make decisions for me and then criticize me for it.
Today -- and every day -- with a heart full of gratitude, and a desire for my Higher Power's will to be done through me, my life is worth sharing, especially with my fellow alcoholics and addicts!
Above all, if I do not make a religion out of anything, even AA, then I can be an open channel for my Higher Power's expression.
- Daily Reflections, p. 92
Thought to Ponder . . .
True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
It comes back
You have no way of knowing how or when all the things you do will come back to you. What you can know is that they will.
Some obscure and seemingly useless fact you learn today could end up playing a major role in your life next week, or five years from now. Some small favor that you do tomorrow may come back to you in a few months as a grand opportunity.
You never know exactly how life will reflect back the face you present to it. Yet eventually, and quite faithfully, it does come back to you.
The value that you put into life becomes the value that you experience from life. The more love you give, the more love you are able to know.
Your words do not end when you speak them, and your actions do not stop when you’ve completed them. They go out into life and begin connecting you with the people, circumstances and things that resonate with those words and actions of yours.
Live as though the things you do, in one way or another, will come back to you. For you can be certain that they will.
— Ralph Marston