Whoever I am or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach. —John W.Gardner
It's easy to forget how important we each are - to our parents, to other family members, to our friends. We are in this world, even in our particular family, because we are important and necessary in the lives of others. It's easy to feel not so important though, especially when we think we're not good enough at anything we try. School or work comes easy for some. Maybe not us. Athletics come easy to others. Maybe it's helping around the house that's easiest. Each of us is very good at some things. And it's okay to not be good at everything.
How can I show my talent today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Most human progress comes slowly, though we see exciting breakthroughs at various times. The same is true in the lives of individuals. Though a few people do make exciting leaps forward, most of us must be content with gradual, steady improvements.
Our problem as compulsive people is in wanting quick results all the time. In fact, one of the things that reinforced our addition was the continuous need for a quick fix. We saw life as something that should be taken in frantic gulps. When a sudden break or advantage appeared, it never really satisfied us. There was always the hunger for more.
We can find real satisfaction, however, in accepting progress in small stages. If we are having small gains here and there, we are on the road to improvement. A surprising amount can be accomplished when we are moving continuously ahead, one small step at a time.
Sometimes, the body can speak an eloquent language all its own.
I see and feel that in meetings. So coming to regular meetings of AA
is a priceless gift on a great many levels -- mental, spiritual, social,
emotional, and now possibly physical.
Listening quietly is already a joy to me, and if it calms me down
and lowers my blood pressure in the process,
that's just another great reason to keep coming back.
- Thank You For Sharing, p.81
Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to listen; listen to learn.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = Hearing Other People's Experience.
The choice is yours
If you wish to live a day filled with anger, you can choose to be angry. Or if you wish to live a day filled with joy, you can choose to be joyful.
This day does not make the choice for you, and no other person makes that choice either. The choice is entirely up to you.
Why can some people be happy even when times are hard while others are filled with despair even when all is well? It is the individual, internal choice, not the external circumstance, that ultimately determines how life is experienced.
In fact, it is more than that. Because whatever is going on in your own mind and feelings will soon be happening in your outer world.
This day is yours to choose. This life is yours to choose.
As long as you have the choice, you might as well choose the very best. Decide how you truly wish to live, for right now the choice is yours.— Ralph Marston