I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming . . . This all sounds very strenuous and serious. But now that I have wrestled with it, it's no longer so. I feel happy - deep down. All is well. —Katherine Mansfield
All is well. In the midst of turmoil, let us remember, all is well; in the midst of the pain of self-awareness, all is well. The struggle of the turmoil, the pain that accompanies the lessons of self-awareness, are preparing us for becoming all we are meant to become. We each have a special gift to offer in this life. We will come to understand those gifts and be able to give them as we grow with the pain of self-understanding. All is well. Deep down happiness ripples, it's rippling to the surface of our lives.
My lesson for today is understanding, of myself and others. Happiness is the grade I earn each day of my "becoming."
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Although drinking behavior may have been defiant and antisocial, most of us wanted others to think well of us. If we are not watchful, this need for approval can tyrannize us in sobriety.
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace
-- that where there is hatred, I may bring love --
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
-- that where there is error, I may bring truth --
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith
-- that where there is despair, I may bring hope --
that where there are shadows, I may bring light
-- that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted
-- to understand, than to be understood -- to love, than be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 99
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life is fragile, handle with prayer.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A S A P = Always Say A Prayer.