The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town. —Eleanor H. Porter
We have met certain people who inspired laughter, hope, or changes in us, or those close to us. We look forward to seeing them. We leave their presence believing in ourselves, aware that we can tackle whatever problems had us immobilized. That special gift to inspire is ours for the taking, too. The inspiration comes from our Higher Power.
We can look to our Higher Power for the strength we need. It will come. We can look also to our Higher Power for direction, for the steps we need to take today. And then wait. Those persons who inspire us have developed a secure connection to their Higher Power. And it's their connection that comes through them to inspire us.
We can take some time today, before the demands overwhelm us, to weave our connection to our higher power. When that contact is secure, we won't have to await inspiration from another person to forge ahead with our plans. The inspiration will live within us, and it will beckon us onward. Our way will be illuminated.
I shall meditate upon this. Conscious contact with my Higher Power is only a prayer away. My life will be brightened. My burdens will be lifted. My hopes will become realities, whenever I look to my Higher Power for the gift of inspiration.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Living with Bad Vibes____Human Relations
Some of us are sensitive to the feelings we pick up from people in the immediate environment. The feelings we sense from the people around us can be as powerful as odors and sounds. We can feel tense in the presence of domineering people, and we can be uncomfortable around people who seem resentful.
I realized for the first time that as a practicing alcoholic, I had no rights.
Society can do anything it chooses to do with me when I am drunk,
and I can't lift a finger to stop it, for I forfeit my rights
through the simple expedient of becoming a menace to myself
and the people around me. With deep shame came the knowledge too
that I had lived with no sense of social obligation nor had I known
the meaning of moral responsibility to my fellow men.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 549
Thought to Ponder . . .
It's not your fault, but it is your responsibility.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Aware.