We fear our highest possibility (as well as our lowest one). We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments. —Abraham Maslow
In our daily lives, we may dream of success and achievement. We strive and compete in the workplace. We go to meetings and do our part on each Step in the program searching for better lives. When success comes, we are faced with a new problem we could not have expected. It comes as an outcome of some hard work, some good luck, and some help from our friends. It is frightening to have a good thing in our lives and not be in control of it.
We are just as powerless over our successes as we are over the worst of our behaviors. We can only be faithful to our duties and ourselves. The successes, which flow from our work, come and go. Since we can't nail them down, they may make us feel insecure. Many a man has destroyed his moment of success because he couldn't stand the powerless feeling. We must return to our program and allow success to rise and fall, as it will.
Today, I turn to my Higher Power for help in accepting success.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. --Stanley J. Randall
We may be trying to cover up something. Maybe we aren't facing our pain. Maybe we've hurt
someone and we need to make amends.
The thought of a drink is not necessarily the same thing as the desire for one,
and neither need plunge us into gloom or fear.
Both can be viewed simply as warning bells
to remind us of the perils of alcoholism.
The perils are forever, even when we feel so fine that we wonder
whether it's really all right for anyone to feel as good as we do, now.
- Living Sober, pp. 43-44
Thought to Ponder . . .
The first drink has the last say.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K = Thank Heavens I Now Know.
Working the possibilities
You don’t get what you merely wish for. You get what you live for and what you work for.
The life you experience does not depend on what happens to come your way. The life you experience is based on how you choose to live it.
The priorities that matter in your life are not the ones you just talk about. Your true priorities, the ones that determine which way your life proceeds, are the ones you consistently act on.
You have the opportunity right now, today, to bring great quantities of richness and fulfillment into your life. Yet that richness will not come from what you wish for, or what you talk about, or what you plan to do someday.
That richness will come from what you actually do with the time and the energy and the resources you have available to you. That richness will come from working the possibilities that are uniquely yours.
Skip right on past the wishing for and talking about and planning to stage. Get right to work on your best possibilities, and experience the unmatched joy of bringing them fully to life.
— Ralph Marston