Without discipline, there's no life at all. —Katharine Hepburn
Procrastination is habitual. It's perhaps a habit we've struggled with over the years, and not one that can be willed away. It eats at us, no doubt. How many times have we gone to bed at night depressed, discouraged, and angry with ourselves for not finishing a job we promised ourselves, or someone else, we'd do! Sometimes it feels hopeless. The tasks awaiting our attention pile up, seem impossible to complete. But there is hope. The program has offered us an easy solution.
We have only this day to concern ourselves with. We can break the spell of procrastination, lethargy, immobility, if we choose. We can pick a task that needs attention, any task, preferably a small one for today. Maybe it's writing a letter, or fixing a hem, or making an appointment to see a doctor. Deciding to do something, and then doing it, breaks through the barriers that have caged us. Immediately we will sense the surge of freedom. In this moment we can always act. And any act will free us.
When procrastination blocks us, our senses are dead to the friends close to us. It's as though we have stepped outside of the circle of life. The real gifts of sobriety are beyond our reach when we choose inaction.
I will get free. I will tackle a small task today. It will bless me in special ways.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Keep It Simple
Forgiveness is the way to true health and happiness.---Gerald Jampolsky
We can't afford to hold grudges. We have all felt hurt by others at times. But when we stay angry at another person, it hurts us. It keeps our wounds open. It takes our energy away from healing.
We can forgive now. We know that living our program of honesty and love make us safe. We don't have to be afraid. We don't have to be angry. We don't have to let old hurts stand in our way. We let them go. We empty the angers from the hearts to clear the way for love.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me forgive the people I'm still angry with. Help me see that each of those people taught me something about myself.
Action for the Day: Am I holding on to anger and resentment? If so, I'll make a list today, and I'll talk with my sponsor about ways to let go of them.
I did not get over my craving for liquor much
for the first two and one-half years of abstinence. It was almost always with me. . .
I used to get terribly upset when I saw my friends drink and knew I could not,
but I schooled myself to believe that though once I had the same privilege,
I had abused it so frightfully that it was withdrawn.
So it doesn't behoove me to squawk about it for, after all,
nobody ever had to throw me down and pour liquor down my throat.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p.181
Thought to Ponder . . .
I am worth staying sober for.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H I T = Hang In There
What you seek
When you look for things to complain about, you’ll find plenty. When you look for things to be joyful about, you’ll also find plenty.
So what kind of world do you wish to live in? Do you prefer to live in a world full of annoyance and frustration, or would you rather live in a world filled with opportunities for joy?
You can choose the quality of your world by choosing your focus. You can choose the quality of your life by choosing what you seek.
Seek to be a true, sincere friend, and you’ll find that you have many good friends. Seek to provide real, honest, creative value and you’ll experience much meaningful value flowing into your life.
Whether you realize it or not, whether you like it or not, you are highly effective at achieving the goals that most intensely occupy your awareness. So what exactly are the things that most intensely and most frequently fill your awareness?
Your attitude in every moment defines what you are seeking. And what you seek, is what you get.— Ralph Marston