Life is not a "brief candle." It is a splendid torch that I want to make burn as brightly as possible before handing on to future generations. —George Bernard Shaw
We are men who have sought intensity. Some have said the extremes of our past were a kind of search for a Higher Power, although we went to self-defeating ends. There is no need now for us to give up our intense love of life. Serenity need not be bland. In facing ourselves, confronting our pain, surrendering our arrogant individualism, we are released to live the life we deeply desire.
What do men really want? We want to have true, lasting friendships with other men and women - to be at peace with our Higher Power and ourselves. We want to be fully aware in the present moments of our lives. We want to have some joy and to make a contribution to the world.
I am grateful that my torch burns brightly. I am finding what I really want.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might," goes an ancient saying. However long ago this was said, it applies to our work here and now.
Sometimes, the body can speak an eloquent language all its own.
I see and feel that in meetings. So coming to meetings of AA
is a priceless experience for me on a great many levels --
mental, spiritual, social, emotional, and now possibly physical.
Listening quietly is already a joy to me,
and if it calms me down and lowers my blood pressure in the process,
that's just another great reason to keep coming back.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 27
Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to listen; listen to learn.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = Tears, Laughter, Caring.
Opportunity of disappointment
Sometimes a disappointment can be the best thing that could happen to you. It’s difficult when things don’t work out as you expected, and yet it can also be a source of new opportunity.
A cold, hard dose of reality, in the form of a disappointment, will sting at first. And then what happens is, you get stronger.
Disappointment will bring you face to face with some of your most pivotal weaknesses. That provides you with the awareness and the opportunity to grow stronger in ways that really count.
The experience of ineffectiveness will often help you see new ways in which you can be more effective. When you’re clear about what doesn’t work, you are closer to understanding what does work.
There is positive value in every experience. That is especially true when it comes to disappointment.
Look at the disappointment as your chance to come back even stronger. Then pick yourself up and do precisely that.
— Ralph Marston