Forgiveness is all-powerful. Forgiveness heals all ills. —Catherine Ponder
Getting mad at someone, a friend perhaps, is normal. Everybody gets mad sometimes. But when we stay mad for very long, it ruins all the fun we'd planned on having throughout the day. Staying mad multiplies. Sometimes it seems we are mad at the dog, our mom, and another friend, even the TV.
Forgiving the people we're mad at works like magic. We don't even have to forgive them out loud. We can forgive them in our own minds. The result is the same. Pretty soon the whole day looks bright again. When we're mad, we are the ones who suffer most.
Who can I forgive today, and make my day a better one?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make lemonade.---Dale Carnegie
Our illness is one big lemon, but our recovery is lemonade. None of us signed up to be drunks or drugies, but we all signed up for recovery. That's when the happiness began. Yes, there will be pain, but the joy will far outweigh the pain. The sweet joy of recovery becomes our drink---our lemonade. And, do we drink!
We have new friends. We love ourselves, our Higher Power, our family, and much more. We are creative when we give joy, love and help to others and to ourselves. If your lemonade isn't sweet enough, add more of your program.
"Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."
Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself,
something we would like to strive for
whether our instinctual needs were met or not.
We never thought of making honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God
the daily basis of living.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 72
Thought to Ponder . . .
If I want God to remove my character defects, I'll have to stop doing them.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
What you know you must
It doesn’t really matter what other people say or think about you. Go ahead and do what you know is best.
The disappointments of the past are no big deal, and your fears of the future exist only in your imagination. Step forward and do what you know you must do.
The excuses are so tired and worn out that they’ve become meaningless. Let them go, and let yourself take effective, productive, meaningful action.
Your dreams are calling you forward. Your highest vision of what life can be is yours precisely because you are the person who can bring it about.
When there’s a rich and shining dream on the inside, and you’re making your way toward it, life feels great. Even the pains and disappointments cannot bring you down, because you know they’re mere waypoints on the journey to the fulfillment you seek.
This moment right now is your opportunity to do what you know you must. This moment right now is the next step on the path to your most treasured dream.
— Ralph Marston