Have the courage to act instead of react. —Darlene Larson Jenks
Taking the time to be thoughtful about our responses to the situations we encounter offers us the freedom to make choices that are right for us. Impulsive behavior can be a thing of our past, if we so choose. It seldom was the best response for our well being.
Decision-making is morale boosting. It offers us a chance to exercise our personal powers, an exercise that is mandatory for the healthy development of our egos. We need to make careful, thoughtful choices because they will further define our characters. Each action we take clearly indicates the persons we are becoming. When we have consciously and deliberately chosen that action because of its rightness for us, we are fully in command of becoming the persons we choose to be.
Our actions reveal who we are, to others and ourselves. We need never convey an inaccurate picture of ourselves. We need only take the time and risk the courage necessary to behave exactly as we choose. We will know a new freedom when we are in control.
I will exercise my power to act and feel the fullness of my being.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.---Eddie Cantor
Successful people make life look easy. But it's not. Years of hard work, trial and error, and learning probably went on into each success. The key is this: We must choose to do what we really like. If we want to be successful, we'll have to work at it. We'll have letdowns, and we'll get bored at times. But we'll be happy because we're doing what we want, what we know is best for us. Real success has to do with our own happiness.
In our programs, we'll meet many successful people. They've worked hard at recovery, and they are still learning. And they're happy to share their success with us.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for the success the program has already given me.
Action for the Day: I'll list three ways I know I am a success today. Number one: I'm sober!
We finally asked ourselves: Wouldn't it be more intelligent
to seek out and tap a strength greater than our own
rather than persist in our futile solo efforts,
after they had time and again been proved ineffective?
We still don't think it is very smart to keep trying to see in the dark
if you can simply switch on a lamp and use its light. . .
And the full enjoyment of living sober isn't a one-person job, either.
- Living Sober, p. 73
Thought to Ponder . . .
Hold your face up to the Light,
even though for the moment you do not see.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.
Your very best vision
What would you do, if you could do anything? How would this day be, if you could create it to be just the way you want?
What would occupy your thoughts, if you did not have to worry about anything? What actions would you take, if you were sure they would bring what you intended?
What would you say if you were not concerned about what anyone else might think? What would you dream of experiencing, if you were certain the dream would come true?
How would you live, if you allowed your most treasured inner values to be expressed in your outer world? How would you feel, if you could feel precisely the way you wanted to feel?
In fact, on this day and in this place, you can. You can do and say and feel and be precisely the way you would like to be.
Life is entirely what you allow it to be. Imagine, intend and allow your very best vision of life right now, and always.
— Ralph Marston