Most kids hear what you say; some kids do what you say; but all kids do what you do. —Kathleen Casey Theisen
We are role models for many people: our children, our co-workers, other women in the program. Step Twelve encourages us to set good examples for anyone who might be looking on. Living a principled life takes practice, and progress, not perfection, is hoped for.
Abstinence has offered us a new set of tools for shaping our behavior. No longer must we regret what we did yesterday or last week. We are learning to monitor our actions, but even more importantly, we are defining our values. They, in turn, influence what we say and do.
Thoughtful responses to the situations we encounter require conscious attention to those events. We need reminding, perhaps, that our behavior is continuously telling others who we are, what we value, and how we view the people close to us. All of us, consciously or otherwise, imitate behavior patterns of persons we admire. Unfortunately, we sometimes mimic unfavorable behavior, too.
There are those casting their attention our way. The opportunity to model favorable behavior awaits us.
People will follow my lead. I shall walk softly, humbly and lovingly.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Love doesn't make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. ---Franklin Jones
Prayer for the Day: I pray that I'll welcome love into my heart and others into my life. Love brings me closer to my Higher Power.
When a bad day comes along and everything is going wrong,
a meeting or a talk with another drunk often distracts me enough to persuade me
that everything is not quite as impossible, as overwhelming as I had thought.
In the same way, going to a meeting or talking to a fellow alcoholic
are acts of faith. I believe I'm arresting my disease.
These are ways I slowly move toward faith in a Higher Power.
- Daily Reflections, p. 74
Thought to Ponder . . .
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = Finding Answers In The Higherpower.