Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
Who is sincere?
We sometimes dismiss others people's relapses with the explanation that they didn't really want to stay sober or that they lacked sincerity of purpose.
We have no way of gauging just how sincere anybody really is. Even in trying to understand ourselves, we may detect traces of double-mindedness that got us into trouble. Even if we've been sober for years, the old desire to drink can be lurking somewhere in the back of our minds. It's wise to assume that this is so even when there's no conscious desire to drink. If hidden desires to drink still persist even after years of sobriety, it points to the persistence of the disease.... Not to one's insincerity.
It may even be that sincerity, like sobriety, has to be sought on a daily basis. Perhaps we are capable of being sincere today, and then lapse into insincerity tomorrow. To accept this is a sign of prudence and maturity, and perhaps even a measure of humility.
Action for the Day: I'll seek to be sincere today about the things that really count. If I know I'm insincere in certain areas, I'll seek more understanding about it.
The Gift of Choice
When I am willing to do the right thing, I am rewarded with an inner peace
no amount of liquor could ever provide. When I am unwilling to do the right thing,
I become restless, irritable, and discontent. It is always my choice.
Through the Twelve Steps, I have been given the gift of choice.
I am no longer at the mercy of a disease that tells me the only answer is to drink.
If willingness is the key to unlock the gates of hell, it is action
that opens those doors so that we may walk freely among the living.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 317
Thought to Ponder . . .
Just for today, I choose not to drink or use.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.
Meaningful success is a matter of expressing on the outside some of the unique and abundant value that’s on the inside. Every great achievement begins as a vision, guided by purpose, and ends as a real, tangible fact.
Whatever you truly desire, you already have within you. Fulfilling that desire is a process of bringing it to life in the world around you.
In each true desire is the energy for its fulfillment. Your job is to put that energy to focused and effective use.
Take the vision, the ideal, the value that’s inside and show the rest of the world how it looks and what it can do. Nurture the inner vision that only you can see into outer value that everyone can find useful and beautiful.
Dive deeply into the rich abundance that lives within you. Feel the power of your unique beauty that longs to be expressed, and let that beauty flow out through your actions.
Your greatest achievements are already yours. Act on them and let the whole world experience their value too.
— Ralph Marston