Every human being has, like Socrates, an attendant spirit; and wise are they who obey its signals. If it does not always tell us what to do, it always cautions us what not to do. —Lydia M. Child
Our Spirit is our inner guide. And our Spirit never, never, gives us wrong directions. Because we're human, it's all too easy to deny the voice from within. Some call it conscience. And our behavior, maybe frequently, maybe occasionally, belies what our conscience knows is right. We suffer for it.
We are trying to be healthy, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Each day we can make progress. With each action we take, we have a choice. Our Spirit, our conscience, should be consulted. Right choices make for right actions that will emotionally and spiritually benefit us and the other persons close to us.
It's comforting to rely on the inner voice. It assures us we're never alone. No decision has to be made alone. No wrong action need ever be taken. A sense of security accompanies the partnership between each of us and our Spirit.
I will let the partnership work for me today.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Keep It Simple
You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra
When we watch others, we learn how to "act as if." We watch a patient person, and then we "act as if we're a patient person. The result? Over time, we'll become a patient person. We watch how good listeners listen, and we "act as if" we know how to listen. Then one day, we realize we're really listening! We watch people who have faith, and we "act as if" we have it. Then over time, we become spiritual people!
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me find You in the people and events of my day.
Action for the Day: I will "act as if" my Higher Power is standing next to me all through the Day.
I began to see the miracles that happen only in AA.
People who would nearly crawl in the doors, sick and broken,
and who in a few weeks of meetings and not drinking one day at a time
would get their health back, find a little job and friends who really cared,
and then discover a Higher Power in their lives. But the most compelling part of AA,
the part that made me want to try this sober thing, was the laughter,
the pure joy of the laughter that I heard only from sober alcoholics.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 333
Thought to Ponder . . .
Smile, it's a free facelift.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F = Happy, Joyous, Free.
Begin and continue
Whether it is a small task or a life-changing project, the strategy for achievement is the same. Begin right away, and then continue for as long as necessary.
Are you worried you might not get it right? If you put your energy into worry, you won’t get anything done at all.
Instead, step confidently up to the task right away, get going on it, and keep going. You’ll know soon enough if you need to adjust your efforts to get precisely the result you intend.
There are plenty of very reasonable excuses for not getting started. But even the most valid, understandable excuses won’t pay the bills or add to the quality of your life.
Instead of entertaining the worthless excuses or poisonous resentments, you can be making the effort. Instead of fretting about the possible obstacles, you can be steadily working your way past the real ones.
The achievement you seek is ready for you to claim it and bring it to life. Begin the effort now, continue as necessary, and that achievement will indeed be yours.
— Ralph Marston