A frontier is never a place; it is a time and a way of life. Frontiers pass, but they endure in their people. —Hal Borland
Frontiers are borders, and in our development we meet them again and again. Our first loves, as teenagers were emotional and spiritual frontiers. Leaving home after childhood was another. Becoming a father, perhaps another. Some frontiers are very generous and exciting, while others are frightening, dangerous. Certainly this program has been a frontier for us.
To stay alive spiritually we need to continually go to the borders of our experience - or go back and face an old one from a new angle. We may encounter a new border in learning our Hihger Power's will for us in a new way, or in learning a new handicraft or sport, or meeting a life experience we didn't expect. We accumulate these memories within us. Some frontiers from long ago exist within us as if they were just yesterday. What frontiers stand out in our lives as we look back? What spiritual learning came from them? This is how we grow as men.
I am grateful for past frontiers that endure within me. They have strengthened and deepened my manhood.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk in Dry Places
Civilians who show resentments
As compulsive people, we're urged to watch resentments carefully. These negative feelings can flare up out of nowhere and bring terrible destruction. This sensitivity in spotting our own resentments also makes us more aware of resentments in others— perhaps people who are not alcoholics and thus are considered NORMAL. (Earth people I call them even if I doubt that anyone is really normal)
When this happens, we have no responsibility to point their resentment out to them. Our best approach is to deal with them as cordially as possible and to withdraw gracefully if their resentment is directed at us. This teaches us that resentment is a universal human problem— not just an affliction of alcoholics and other compulsive people.
Action for the Day: While guarding against resentment in myself today, I'll not be surprised or hurt when it appears in others. If it does, I will not feel hurt or surprised, knowing that it's a human problem.
God began to clear my channels so that real understanding began to come.
Then was the time when full realization and acknowledgement came to me.
It was realization and acknowledgement of the fact
that I was full of self-pity and resentment,
realization of the fact that I had not given my problems to God.
I was still trying to do my own fixing.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 22
Thought to Ponder . . .
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
and we never even know we have the key.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
L E T G O = Leave Everything To God, Okay?
You get what you do not need. What you need, you do not have.
So long as you focus on need, you push away the object of your need. As soon as you can truly let go of the need for something, you can begin to experience more and more of it in your life.
Desperation builds a wall around you that lets nothing good come in. Thus, desperation leads to nothing but more desperation.
Every reality you create in your life begins with what you imagine. So use the power of your imagination to imagine abundance, instead of focusing your thoughts on need.
See yourself not as lacking, but as fulfilling. Let your thankfulness for what is possible crowd out any limiting thoughts of need or apprehension.
What you need, does you no good. With a grateful heart get beyond the need, and open yourself to all life’s abundance.
— Ralph Marston