There are no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart. —Anonymous
Holidays are a wonderful and exciting time of year - a time to enjoy snowflakes falling, company coming, and presents. Sometimes we find ourselves concentrating solely on the wrapped presents and forgetting about the presents of the heart. With God's help, we can begin to notice such things as the hug from a brother or sister, the laugh of a grandparent or the hand-drawn card given to us by a friend. All of these wonderful presents and more are ours for the taking; we need only to see beyond the wrapped packages. It is then we will fully experience the joys of the heart.
How many gifts do I see around me right now?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
We not only need to be willing to give, but also to be open to receiving from others.---from On Hope
We may be afraid to ask for help, so our needs go unmet. In fact, many of us would rather give than receive. In recovery, we need to understand the difference between taking and receiving. Giving to others is important. So is receiving from others. As we grow spiritually, we learn to accept gifts. The gift of sobriety teaches us this. We need to accept the gifts the world gives us without shame. We are entitled.
Every day I feel a little bit more useful, more happy and more free.
Life, including some ups and downs, is a lot of fun.
I am a part of AA which is a way of life.
If I had not become an active alcoholic and joined AA,
I might never had found my own identity or become a part of anything.
In ending my story I like to think about this
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 363
Editor's note: Countess Felicia G. was an early member. Read her NYTimes obit at http://silkworth.net/aahistory_names/updates/FeliciaGobit1999.html
Thought to Ponder . . .
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A W O L = A A Way Of Life.
From where you are