As with expeditions into the wilds when we have endured storms and rapids, cold and sleet, and sometimes lack of food, it is ultimately the good things we remember, not the bad. —Sigurd F. Olson
In our daily lives we often take a very short perspective. We see what is worrisome today, what is pressing hardest, or what is most frightening or confusing. Eventually, we may look back and have a totally different idea about what was truly important on this day.
Let us take a moment now to remember what does endure, what we value most, what counts in the long run. For a brief quiet time we can let go of all the anxieties of this moment. During these few quiet moments, we will identify our tensions and then place them totally into the hands of our Higher Power. This is our time to let go of our worries and be refreshed. It will provide a background of serenity for our day.
Today, help me remember this corner of serenity as I meet the tasks and activities on my path.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
One is happy as the result of one's own efforts.--- George Sand
Happiness is not an accident. It comes from following the spiritual voice found in each of us. This isn't always easy. Sometimes, the voice tells us to do things we're afraid of. For Example, if we're lonely and the voice tells us to call someone on our phone list, we may make excuses to not do it. Again, the voice may say, "Just make the call. It will be okay." If we follow the voice, we will find happiness.
-- to carry the AA message to those who don't know there's a way out.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 160
Thought to Ponder . . .
Our primary purpose is to stay sober
and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E A R T = Healing, Enjoying, And Recovering Together.
A MEMBER SHARES:
Hey, I'm Edrie. I'm an alcoholic. Part of what I love about AA is that the principles of the program come to us bit by bit. I really did not comprehend this singleness of purpose in the beginning, especially when we all come in with so much baggage! Why must we focus on alcohol rather than why we drink? We drink because we are alcoholics -- such an amazing concept. Just by coming into a room, virtually or face-to-face, and having people greet you by name, welcome you, offer you their number, even when you're at your complete bottom, the journey begins. Someone asked me once why we "have" to say our name and that we are alcoholic at meetings, and I think that's when it hit me why we have this principal of unity and singleness of purpose -- we say it because that is why we come together, not because of our profession, or ethnic, social or economic background, but because we all need each other -- a Power greater than ourselves. And I am so grateful to have that every single day, all over the world, even here online. Thanks for help keeping me sober today.