You were there when I needed you. You stood above all of the others with your strength and you guided me. To each of you I offer my being, my love and all that I am. —Deidra Sarault
Each of us is guided while we act as guides to one another, throughout the day, throughout our lives. We are interdependent. Everywhere we look, someone is learning from us and we from her. We often know not what we give, when we give it. And we seldom realize the value of what we're receiving at the time we accept it.
Resistance to what another person is offering us may be our natural response. But the passage of time highlights the value of the experience. We can look for the comforters in our lives. They are there offering us strength and hope enough to see us through any difficulty.
We need both the rough times and the soft shoulders of a friend. They contribute equally to the designs our lives are weaving. The rough times press us to pray, to reach out to others for solace. And our pain gives others the chance to heal our wounds. We are all healers offering strength. And we all need healing.
One of the greatest gifts of my recovery is giving and receiving strength.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Open-mindedness Means Growth___Facing Change
While open-mindedness is supposedly virtuous, many of us have difficulty with it. In our drinking/using, we continued to suffer because we were unwilling to believe that anything could relieve us of our condition. We also feared that change would diminish us.
These words -- usually intended for newcomers --
are the best advice I can give myself.
Real wisdom, I've learned, usually does bring me back to looking at myself.
And I'm able to see that this experience of a great reality
is something we all possess and struggle to express --
regardless how each of us defines hope, intuition, awareness of a better world,
a higher self, a pervasive wisdom in the natural world.
Call it whatever you want. Just keep coming. Don't drink or use. Ask for help.
You will come to believe. If I did, anybody can.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 31
Thought to Ponder . . .
Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K C B = Keep Coming Back.