The world can begin to change. All it takes is for a single fearful, angry person to shift her perception about a situation or a person, and then make a better choice about her own behavior. The idea that one person can make such a difference may seem far-fetched, but indeed, that is how any change, large or small, begins to materialize.
What this means is that every one of us, together and individually, can impact how the circumstances of the world continue to evolve. We can determine whether or not we will experience peace in our personal lives and, by our actions and example, bring about peaceful resolutions in the lives of others, near and far away.
Many will say it can't be done – there will always be cynics among us. But those who believe in the miracle of change live among us, too. Whenever any one of us recognizes someone else's anger for what it really is and responds with understanding and compassion, we all move closer to the peaceful existence that can be ours, here and now. "Nothing changes if nothing changes." We can be the change agents who will make a difference.
You are reading from the book:
Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. --- Ernest Hemingway
It's hard to listen in a complete way. Often we listen, but we're still thinking about ourselves. We wonder, "How do their words relate to me? Do I have anything to add?" Often, fear is behind these questions. We fear saying the wrong thing. We fear looking stupid. Good listeners know how to let go of their fears. To listen completely, we step outside ourselves, and we're totally there for someone else. Sometimes we listen for only a few moments. Sometimes we don't even agree with the people we're listening to. But we let them know that they count. What a gift we give when we listen in a complete way!
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, teach me to listen in a complete way. Teach me to step outside myself and be their for others.
My whole attitude toward life and other people is changing.
For me, the first "A" in our name stands for attitude.
My attitude is changed by the second "A" in our name, which stands for action.
By working the Steps, attending meetings, and carrying the message,
I can be restored to sanity. Action is the magic word!
- Daily Reflections, p. 161
Thought to ponder . . .
Never mistake motion for action.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Accountable Actions.
A challenge is a chance to jump up to a higher level of performance. Take that opportunity and run with it.