Friday, October 31, 2014
The only sense that is common in the long run is the sense of change - and we all instinctively avoid it. —E. B. White
Nature reveals to us a world that is always changing. No two sunsets are alike. Winter brings invigorating days while spring brings new buds and blossoms every day. Summer brings lazy warmth and star-filled evenings while fall brings crisp afternoons and a sense of nostalgia.
Even though nature shows us a constantly changing world, we often resist the changes in our own lives. Changes can be both hard and sad, yet they are a part of life. Perhaps we are moving on to a new school or a new neighborhood, or perhaps we are feeling the changes that come with a divorce in the family.
With every change we say a sad goodbye to something old, something familiar - in the same way we feel sadness for summer's end when the first leaves begin to fall. Yet every change also offers us the excitement and potential of a new season - with its own opportunity for new smells, special gifts, and invigorating days.
How have I changed today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
How nice to have the fog lifted! Sobriety lets our wits grow sharper. We can go after our dreams and ideas. We can listen to music and sing. We are part of the magic of the universe. At times we may not feel very magical, but we are. Our spirits hold much magic. Sobriety is magic. We work at making the world a better place. In doing so, we get magical powers. Power that heals and comfort others. Power that heals and comforts others. Powers to understand things that before we could not. Powers that let us see the world as we’ve never seen it. Enjoy the magic and use your powers wisely!
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, let Your magic enter and fill my heart.
Action for the Day: I’ll list four magical powers I have from being sober.
One Day At A Time
Perfection would limit me; imperfection offers me the freedom of a million potentials.
All the excitement and interest and adventure are mine to explore, ever-new, ever-changing, ever-becoming.
Thank God, as a result of AA and sobriety, I am liberated from dreaming the impossible dream and free, finally, to start living the possible dream.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol.1], p. 61
Thought to Ponder . . .
Give me the courage to be imperfect.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F = Happy, Joyous, Free.
Be willing to
If you want to learn, be willing to make some mistakes. If you want to achieve, be willing to experience some disappointment.
The good and valuable things in life are absolutely within your reach. Yet the pathway to them is not straight and easy.
To achieve what you desire, you must be willing to get away from what is comfortable and familiar. To create meaningful value, you must be willing to put forth some meaningful effort.
Life is overflowing with magnificent possibilities. There is no shortage of opportunity for great fulfillment when you are willing to do what must be done.
Be willing, not just for a little while at first, but for as long as it takes. Be willing, not just to take the easiest way out but to take the most effective, the most challenging way forward.
Great things come to those who are willing. Be willing, and bring your own special greatness to life.
— Ralph Marston