All of us have unique talents and gifts. No obstacle, be it physical, mental or emotional, has the power to destroy our innate creative energies. —Liane Cordes
Believing this fully is difficult at times; for some of us, most of the time. But it is true. What each of us can contribute to the world is unlike every other contribution. Each talent is slightly different from every other talent. And they are all needed. We are all needed.
Creativity - any kind - writing, photography, cooking, childcare, weaving, managing, woodworking - nourishes the self that feels isolated and worthless. And as the self is nourished, it grows; it recovers.
Recovery means changing our lifestyle. It means reaching out to others and being there for one another. It means rejoining the human race by giving of ourselves. Our talents are the gifts the human race awaits, needs, in fact. Do we know our talents?
I will search out my secret dreams today. In them lie my talents. I will develop them. Help awaits me.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Keep It Simple
Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.---unknown
Time always seems to pass too slowly or too quickly for us. .We want the fun times to last longer. We want the boring or painful times to go faster. But times goes at just the right pace. Any faster, and we wouldn't have enough time to learn as we go. Any slower, and we'd lose interest. In our program, we learn to respect the pace of time. We let go, and we let time go at it's own pace. We call this patience.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for patience. Help me look forward to the future without rushing. Help me live fully in the here and now. Help me make today a good one by doing Your will.
Action for the Day: I'll list five ways I can use time to be more healthy---in body, mind and spirit. Which of these five things can I do today?
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.
Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not
completely give themselves to this simple program,
usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable
of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates.
They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way.
They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living
which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average.
There are those, too, who suffer from grave mental disorders,
but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58
Thought to Ponder . . .
Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness
Going your way
How do you get the things in your life going your way? Take responsibility for making them go your way.
How do you make sure the day is filled with what you prefer to be doing? Be the person who fills it.
How do you get the most value and fulfillment from your precious time? Use that time to take meaningful, value-producing action.
Do what it takes to take the initiative. Now is when you can decide how your life is going to be and do the work to make it so.
Make tomorrow a great day by preparing for it today. Instead of complaining about how things turn out, do the work that will determine how they turn out.
What would your life look like if it looked exactly the way you wish? Take control, take the initiative, and you can make it so.
— Ralph Marston