The first skill needed for the Inner Game is called "letting it happen." This means gradually building a trust in the innate ability of your body to learn and to perform. —W. Timothy Gallwey
A strange and intriguing mystery confronts us in the Twelve Steps. We are mending our ways; we are becoming accountable; we are striving to do what is right, yet we are learning to let go. This seems like a contradiction of logic, but it leads us to a spiritual awakening.
We are becoming like the accomplished tennis player who has practiced diligently to develop every detail of his skill. Yet when he is playing the game, he cannot focus on control. He must get his ego out of the way and let himself go. It is in letting go that he rises to his highest level of fulfillment. Today we will do what we must. We can make the choices we are faced with. Then we allow ourselves to be carried along by our Higher Power to complete and fulfill the process.
I will look for opportunities to let it happen today.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Why do we hold back when we're offered the opportunity to help others or to do something unusually kind? Why is it that many people are reluctant to give of themselves unless rewarded with recognition or praise?
We may hold back because we do not understand that any good action always brings its own reward. Despite Shakespeare's timeless saying, the good we do is not "interred with our bones"… it does survive, now and in the future.
For all its usual destructiveness,
we have found that fear can be the starting point for better things.
Fear can be a stepping-stone to prudence and to a decent respect for others.
It can point the path to justice, as well as to hate.
And the more we have of respect and justice, the more we shall begin to find
the love which can suffer much, and yet be freely given.
So fear need not always be destructive, because the lessons of its consequences
can lead us to positive values.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 265
Thought to Ponder . . .
Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R = False Events Appearing Real.
Much to work with
Today, you’re more experienced and more knowledgeable than you’ve ever been. And that makes you more capable of achievement than ever before.
If you’ve attempted something in the past and been disappointed, today you can make another stronger, more experienced and more informed attempt. Today you could very well make a breakthrough.
Living the moments of your life certainly takes its toll. And yet, in living through those many days and hours you continually add value and substance to the whole of your experience.
Now is when you can tap into that value. Now is when you can achieve in a way that’s more meaningful and effective than anything you’ve previously known.
The joys, the pains, the challenges, the triumphs, the disappointments and the moments of unspeakable beauty all add to the richness of your being. The opportunity you now have is to express that richness in new and fulfilling ways.
Whatever life may have given you, it has given you much to work with. See the value, make thankful and meaningful use of it, and live the richness that continues to grow within you.
— Ralph Marston