Life without idealism is empty indeed. We must have hope or starve to death. —Pearl Buck
Our ideals, the principles that order our lives, are essential to a healing life. Some of us have lived a pattern in which we did not know what we believed. If someone we liked stated a viewpoint, we might wear it for a while like a new shirt - but with no personal commitment. Others of us have indulged in negativism and hopelessness. Life is more fulfilling when we assert our beliefs and give ourselves to them. As human beings, we are unable to perfectly live out our beliefs, but we become whole men by giving our energies to the attempt.
Is beauty in music, art, and nature a worthwhile ideal for us? Are fairness and justice for all people what we value? Are love and brotherhood ideals we hold dear? When we dare assert these values in our lives, they are life giving to us. They mature us. Reaching for what is worthwhile, rather than cursing what is not, gives us a design for making all our choices, and we have hope.
I will dare to meet my negativism with my ideals. My spiritual health will give me life.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Al didn’t smile for forty years. You’ve got to admire a man like that.
-From the TV show, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”
We were all like Al. Our energy was going into our illness, not into living.
Gratitude is the key word in the program. Gratitude is being thankful for the getting to know our Higher Power. Remember what it was like to not smile for all those years?
The readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts,
and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time,
is the very spirit of Step Nine.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 145
Thought to Ponder . . .
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes
and to make amends for them.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G I F T S = Getting It From The Steps.
A MEMBER SHARES:
Hi, I'm Kirk, an alcoholic. I'm so grateful for all of you! This past week-end I realized how much I love this program and depend on it for support. I shared my amends with my brother, and feel such a relief. What you all said about the past and "letting go" is true. Once I made my amends with him I felt an enormous weight being lifted. This is truly the first time I've felt the importance of Step Nine. I just want to thank all of you for your unconditional love -- I'm blessed to be a part of AA and getting better!