Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent. —Erica Jong
How easy it is to look at others with envy, certain that everyone we know is better in every way: school, sports, games, and appearance. What we may not know is that each of us is exactly right the way we are. And what's more, no one of us is without talent. Perhaps we simply have not discovered it yet, or maybe we've been certain we knew what the talent should be, rather than letting the talent within us emerge.
It's reassuring to know that we are talented, that we are special just as we are, that no one else is able to bring to this life exactly the same ingredients that we're able to bring.
What special talent shall I exercise today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
When I have listened to my mistakes, I have grown.---Hugh Prather
Everyone makes mistakes. We all know that. So why is it so hard to admit our own? We seem to think we have to be prefect. We have a hard time looking at our mistakes. But our mistakes can be very good teachers. Our Twelve Step program helps us learn and grow from our mistakes. In Step Four, half of our work is to think of our mistakes. In step Five, we admit our mistakes to God, ourselves, and another person. We learn, we grow and become whole. All by coming to know our mistakes The gift of recovery is not being free from mistakes. Instead, we do the Steps to claim our mistakes and talk about them. We find the gift of recovery when we learn from our mistakes.
When we cease to fear loneliness
and begin to cherish and use our solitude to advantage, we have come a long way.
Solitude can be sought and experienced in many ways -- in the silence of nature,
in reading poetry, in listening to music,
and in sincere thoughtfulness. We are alone, but not lonely.
- Came to Believe . . ., p. 109
Thought to Ponder . . .
The stillness of God speaks louder than a choir of voices.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A = You Are Not Alone.
Every day, you are achieving something. With every moment, every action, every word, gesture, thought and feeling, you exert influence on your world.
Everything you do is an achievement of some kind. The question is, where are those achievements taking you?
Are your constant achievements bringing you closer to the life you ultimately desire to live, or are they holding you back? Are your achievements satisfying and fulfilling, or are they just getting you through the day and passing the time?
With your attitude, your focus and your actions, you can choose your achievements. And by choosing your achievements, you are choosing the kind of life you experience.
Because you are so skilled at achievement, you have a grand opportunity available to you right now. Let yourself dream, and know that your very own abilities can enable you to reach that dream if you choose.
You are constantly achieving, so point those achievements in a joyous and meaningful direction. You achieve, so use those achievements to make your life the very best it can be.
— Ralph Marston