Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job. —Erwin T. Randall
What kind of friends do we have? Are they people who complain a lot? Are they people who laugh at us or put others down?
The kind of people we want to be will decide what kind of friends we have. If we want to feel sorry for ourselves, we will choose friends who will tell us how rotten their lives are. If we want to think we're better than others, we will hang around people who laugh at others' mistakes.
But if we want to be the best we can be, we will pick friends who see the good in life, people who will encourage us to be ourselves and who will help us try harder at things that are difficult for us.
How can I be a better friend today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Keep It Simple
Words are sacred, we must use them wisely. . . . They are a gift from God. --Burton Pretty-On-Top
We use words to bring peace to others. We can use words to tell our Higher Power and others how much we care. Or we can use words to hurt others. We can curse them and scare them away. We often did when we used alcohol and other drugs.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll speak to others with respect. My words will add a little kindness, honesty, and love to the world today.
My sponsor used to say to me, "If I could only paint you a picture
of how beautiful life can be without booze . . . "
I wanted so badly to see the picture as it was in her mind.
Well, now I'm living it and trying to paint for others.
AA has become a way of life and living for me.
It has brought about a revelation of self, the discovery of an inner being,
an awareness of a Higher Power.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 315
Thought to Ponder . . .
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
E S H = Experience, Strength, and Hope.
Relax, and remember how truly beautiful and unique you are. Relax, and remember how positively powerful you can be.
Don’t waste your time wishing for something outside of you to magically make your life easier. Instead, make life easy on yourself by making full use of your magnificent capabilities.
The pain of what you worry about is mostly in the worry itself. The joy you seek to experience is yours as soon as you allow it to be.
Feel how truly good you know your life can be. Act on those feelings, right now, and the goodness comes to life.
Most of the difficulties are difficult only because you have decided they are. Gratefully embrace them, and you’ll touch their positive value.
Remind yourself how good life can be. From there, you can make it even better.— Ralph Marston