As we are changed by our experiences, that which we know also changes. Our experiences foster growth and enlightenment, and all awarenesses give way to new understandings. We are forever students of life blessed with particular lessons designed only for us. There is joy in knowing that learning has no end and that each day offers us a chance to move closer to becoming the persons we are meant to be.
To understand something more deeply requires that we be open to the ideas of others, willing to part with our present opinions. The program offers us many opportunities to trade in the understandings we've outgrown. Throughout our recovery we have discovered new interpretations of old ideas. And we will continue to expand our understanding.
Every situation, every person, every feeling, every idea has a slightly different hue each time we encounter it. The wonder of this is that life is forever enriched, forever fresh.
Each moment offers me a chance to know better who I am and to understand more fully the real contribution that is mine to make in this life. I will let the anticipation of my changing ideas excite me.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
After an intense discussion, we might rehash what we said and wish we'd said something else. Perhaps some brilliant remark occurs to us long after the conversation has ended.
We can say only what comes to us at the time of the discussion. Our best preparation for any such discussion.... however important.... is to place the matter in God's hands, seeking the highest good for everyone involved.
On the face of it, surrendering certainly does not seem like winning.
But it is in AA. Only after we have come to the end of our rope,
hit a stone wall in some aspect of our lives beyond which we can go no further;
only when we hit "bottom" in despair and surrender,
can we accomplish sobriety, which we could never accomplish before.
We must, and we do, surrender in order to win.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, pp. 155-56
Thought to Ponder . . .
Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keep It Simple, Surrender.
Go with what is great
If you worry about whether or not you have enough time, you certainly won’t have enough time. Just go ahead and get started.
If you wait until conditions are ideal, you’ll be waiting forever. Instead, go with what you have, from where you are, and you can make it work.
If you make yourself dependent on the support and approval of others, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Be you, be authentic, be great in your own unique way, and let others think and say what they will.
There are plenty of powerful excuses and rationalizations. Yet the only thing they have the power to do is to stop you.
Nothing has the power to hold you back unless you choose to let it hold you back. Choose instead to find a way, and to live life on your own terms.
Going only with what’s easy and comfortable will soon bring you a whole lot of painful regret. Instead, go with what is great and beautiful and meaningful, and fill each moment with the richness you deserve.
— Ralph Marston