We should be thankful we can never reach complete serenity. If we could, we would never have the need to improve ourselves. We would stop growing, because there would be no reason to learn any more than we already know, and we would become bored. Even the things, which seem so serene in nature usually contain a struggle within. A lake, with a swan gliding slowly across it, seems a perfect picture of serenity. But, unseen below the surface, fish, turtles, and frogs struggle each day for survival.
The important thing is to accept the struggles as a part of the beauty of life, not as blemishes on it.
What struggles shall help me grow better today?
Keep It Simple
Each day provides its own gifts.---Ruth P. Freedman
Spiritual growth is the greatest gift we can receive. And we earn it through taking risks. There is much risk involved in working the Steps: The risk of admitting that we're out of control. The risk of turning our will and lives over to a Power greater than ourselves. The risk of letting go of character defects. The risk of making amends to people we've harmed. The risk of admitting our wrongs. The risk of telling our stories as we carry the message of hope. To grow spiritually, we need these adventures. These challenges. These risk.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to take the risks that I need in order to grow.
Action for the Day: I will look at today as an adventure with my Higher Power. I will list the fears I'll need to let go of.
We are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last.
Is our work solid so far? Are the stones properly in place?
Have we skimped on the cement put into the foundation?
Have we tried to make mortar without sand?
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 75
Thought to Ponder . . .
I didn't make it all the way to the beach just to drown in the sand.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P A C E = Positive Action Changes Everything.
Get it started
If you wait until the fear is gone, the opportunity will have already passed. If you wait until you’re sure you’ll get it perfect, you’ll never get it started.
The time to act is when you have the intention. The time to act is as soon as you feel the urge to make a difference.
If you hesitate, you’ll begin to talk yourself out of it. When you give in to doubt, doubt will seize the momentum.
Let the fear inform you and prepare you, but do not assume that it must stop you. Realize that whatever you doubt you can do is precisely what you must find a way to do.
Choose to transform each excuse for holding back into permission to step forward. Remind yourself that you can handle the uncertainty and the challenges, and can in fact thrive on them.
As soon as you decide to get it done, go ahead right then and get it started. Make the commitment, and you’ll create the achievement.
— Ralph Marston