It only takes one person to change your life - you. —Ruth Casey
Change is not easy, but it's absolutely unavoidable. Doors will close. Barriers will surface. Frustrations will mount. Nothing stays the same forever, and it's such folly to wish otherwise. Growth accompanies positive change; determining to risk the outcome resulting from a changed behavior or attitude will enhance our self-perceptions. We will have moved forward; in every instance our lives will be influenced by making a change that only each of us can make.
We have all dreaded the changes we knew we had to make. Perhaps even now we fear some impending changes. Where might they take us? It's difficult accepting that the outcome is not ours to control. Only the effort is ours. The solace is that positive changes, which we know are right for us and other people in our lives, are never going to take us astray. In fact, they are necessary for the smooth path just beyond this stumbling block.
When we are troubled by circumstances in our lives, a change is called for, a change that we must initiate. When we reflect on our recent as well as distant past, we will remember that the changes we most dreaded again and again have positively influenced our lives in untold ways.
Change ushers in glad, not bad, tidings.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Make yourself an honest [person], and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world. ---Thomas Carlyle
Honesty does not mean saying all we think or feel. Many of our thoughts and feelings are only with us for a minute. They are not always the truth. For example, saying to someone you love, "I hate you!" in the middle of an argument can destroy things.
I can now understand how some things, which seemed like major disasters,
turned out to be blessings.
Certainly my alcoholism fits that category. I am a truly grateful alcoholic today.
I do not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
Those events that once made me feel ashamed and disgraced
now allow me to share with others
how to become a useful member of the human race.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 402
Thought to Ponder . . .
The storm has passed. I've learned a little more about peace.
It was inside all the time.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A R T = Always Remain Teachable.
Your biggest limitation is your reluctance to move forward. Get over that, and you can get over anything.
Time, money, knowledge, and resources are minor considerations when compared to one vital factor. That factor is your willingness to get it done.
By all means do the research, raise the money, make the plans, and gather the materials. Then manifest your willingness by taking the action.
How do you reach the highest level of willingness, the level at which you step boldly forward? You make sure you’re doing what really, truly matters to you.
Go ahead and admit there are some things that mean all the world to you. Your purpose is unique and beautiful, and there is no limit to the achievement it can inspire.
If you feel hesitation, there’s something about what you’re doing that’s not in complete agreement with your purpose. Get honest, get authentic, and you’ll find yourself getting it done.
— Ralph Marston