What a strange pattern the shuttle of life can weave. —Frances Marion
Each experience we have plays its part in the total picture of our lives. The steps we have taken, the path we travel today, and our direction tomorrow are not by chance. There is a pattern. We each have a destiny. We may have veered off the path in the past, and we may veer off it again. But we'll be guided back, and our paths intersect. None of us is traveling alone. We have each other and the creative force that is at the helm.
When we look around us and reflect on how our lives are influenced by the persons close to us, we become aware that our presence affects their lives as well. Most of us could never have predicted the events that have influenced us. Nor can we anticipate what the future may hold. We can be certain, however, that we are safe; a power greater than ourselves is orchestrating our affairs.
There were times we feared we'd never survive an experience. Perhaps we still struggle with fears about new experiences. But every experience adds a necessary thread to the pattern our life is weaving. We have the gift of reflection. We can understand, today, the importance of particular events of the past. Next month, next year, we'll understand today.
I shall enjoy the richness of today. My life is weaving an intricate, necessary pattern that is uniquely mine.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
It's easy to get into an argument about the role of fear in our lives. Some say that we need some fear…. It helps us get out of the path of an oncoming truck. Is that really true? If it is, it's still not like the fear that was present with alcoholism. This fear was more likely to make us freeze and lose all power of action in the face of a threat. It was the sort of fear that paralyzes us, making us unable to move out of the way when the truck is bearing down on us.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions tells us that
"willingness is the key to understanding."
It doesn't say God is the key; it says willingness.
In my experience, the people who embrace this spiritual principle
are demonstrably more open-minded, more emotionally resilient,
and more contagiously hopeful than those who cling to a strict belief system,
rational or otherwise.
- Thank You For Sharing, pp. 30-31
Thought to Ponder . . .
Patience, tolerance, understanding and love are the watchwords.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W H O = Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness.