You must fight off a "bad luck" way of thinking as if you were dealing with an invasion of hostile forces - for that is precisely what you are dealing with. —Maxwell Maltz
Life is an ongoing experience with two opposing forces. One force is constantly building up, and the other is constantly tearing down. We have successes and accomplishments, and we have failures and defeats. We finally get our house in order, and it immediately begins to become disordered again.
There are forces supporting our self-esteem and forces tearing us down. Friends who wish us well, good will and generosity among people, and the momentum of our healthy actions are constructive forces in our lives. Destructive forces are the pull of old habits, bad luck, accidents, and negative thoughts. We must choose on which side we will put our energies. Are we men who hate ourselves, believe in bad luck and despair, and thereby join the forces that would tear us down? Or will we choose to be on the side that builds us up?
Today, by the grace of my Higher Power, I will join the forces that are on my side. I will stand up for myself and my worth.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk in Dry Places
Being right or wrong
Step Ten advises us to promptly admit it when we're wrong. Perhaps there should be another Step warning us not to be too confident when we're sure we're right.
It's true that there are many times when we are right. It's also possible, however, that we might be only 99 percent right, and that tiny fractions of error could mean our downfall.
Something is also wrong when we find ourselves vigorously asserting that we're right. We don't have to "admit it" when we're right because being right speaks for itself. In the long run, truth and right action don't really have to be defended. Part of being right is the willingness to believe that we may be wrong, however hard that is to accept.
Action for the Day: If I'm wrong today, I'll admit it. If I'm right, I'll refrain from announcing it with too much assurance.
Peace, love. and joy can be sought through quiet thinking and honest prayer.
The wholeness, the new awareness, that is produced
affects one's relationship with God and man to a degree greater
than it would seem in ordinary life. . .
The Power that is greater than ourselves puts us in tune with the world. . .
The feeling is one of completeness.
- Came To Believe . . ., p.65
Thought to Ponder . . .
Meditation means trusting the silence around me for a while,
as if it were an answer I had long sought.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W E = Walls Evaporate
Your priceless legacy
Life does not owe you anything, because life has already given you everything. You owe yourself the courtesy of working to make the most of it all.
You are alive in a universe filled with limitless possibilities. Your purposeful, focused, and persistent actions can transform any possibility you choose into great value.
The abundance to which you already have access is far greater than anything you could think to ask for. However, what you can ask of yourself is to make it all into a meaningful and rewarding experience.
In life’s great abundance you’ll find more than enough energy and resources for magnificent fulfillment. It is up to you to create and express that fulfillment through your thoughts, actions and commitments.
You owe it to yourself and to your best possibilities to fully bring those possibilities to life. You owe it to yourself to make the effort and to do the work to create the unique fulfillment that only you can bring into being.
Your precious, unique life connects you with all that is. Every moment is your opportunity to more fully express your priceless legacy.
— Ralph Marston