Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
The present will not long endure.---Pindar
At certain moments, our best friend is time. Time is a gift given us. Time helps us heal. We need to know that when things are tough, these times will pass, and peace will return. Our Higher Power can be like a parent who comforts a child when there's a storm outside. The parent gently reminds the child the sun will shine again.
Tough times come and go. There will be times when life is ugly and very painful. We can't be happy all the time. Remember, our Higher Power is always there. We must have faith in this. A saying often heard in the program is, "This too shall pass."
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, remind me that things will get better. Even if they get worst for a while, they will get better. Let this be my prayer in hard times.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll list times in my life when I thought I couldn't go on. I'll remember the pain, but I'll also remember how time was my friend.
Given enough anger, both unity and purpose are lost.
Given still more 'righteous' indignation, the group can disintegrate;
it can actually die. This is why we avoid controversy.
This is why we prescribe no punishments for any misbehavior,
no matter how grievous. Indeed, no alcoholic can be deprived
of his membership for any reason whatever.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 98
Thought to Ponder . . .
Punishment never heals. Only love can heal.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P U T = Patience, Understanding, Tolerance.
True to your best possibilities
You have a very good idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. So here’s a little reminder to do what works, right now, and let go of what doesn’t.
You’ve probably told yourself ten thousand times that you’ve been meaning to do some particular thing, so here’s a suggestion. Go ahead and get it done.
The distractions can be seductive, and they make it very easy to procrastinate. But merely filling your time won’t fill your life.
You can do better and you’ve always known it. This moment right now is your opportunity to put the best of what you know you can do into action.
Here in front of you is a chance to live at your highest level of effectiveness. Where you are now, is where you can feel the powerful, intoxicating feeling of knowing you’re living true to your best possibilities.
Dive head first into the immense richness of life that awaits you in this moment. Live, feel, think and act on a level that’s worthy of the beautiful, unique, miraculous collection of possibilities that you are.
— Ralph Marston