“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Accepting Our Best
We don't have to do it any better than we can - ever.
Do our best for the moment, and then let it go. If we have to redo it, we can do our best in another moment, later.
We can never do more or better than we are able to do at the moment. We punish ourselves and make ourselves feel crazy by expecting more than our reasonable best for now.
Striving for excellence is a positive quality.
Striving for perfection is self-defeating.
Did someone tell us or expect us to do or give or be more? Did someone always withhold approval?
There comes a time when we feel we have done our best. When that time comes, let it go.
There are days when our best is less than we hoped for. Let those times go too. Start over tomorrow. Work things through, until our best becomes better.
Empowering and complimenting ourselves will not make us lazy. It will nurture us and enable us to give, do, and be our best.
Today, I will do my best, and then let it go. Higher Power, help me stop criticizing myself so I can start appreciating how far I've come.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
THE MASKS ARE FALLING
Openness Individuals and families can be quite successful at masking personal problems and feelings. This doesn't always work very well with alcoholics, though some of us did manage to conceal our problem for long periods before our lives began to break down.
However, it is becoming more acceptable to admit to such problems, and it is no longer surprising to read that a prominent person is being treated for an addiction.
This new openness has also made it possible to abandon the masks we've been wearing to hide our feelings. When people learn they can be more open with their problems and need for help, it also becomes easier to admit that they are angry. fearful. unhappy, or even frightened.
Now that we know and admit the truth about ourselves, what are we going to do to make needed changes?
If serenity meant apathy, bitter resignation, or stolid endurance,
then we didn't even want to aim at it.
But we found that serenity meant no such thing. When it comes to us now,
it is more as plain recognition -- a clear-eyed, realistic way of seeing the world,
accompanied by inner peace and strength.
Serenity is like a gyroscope that lets us keep our balance
no matter what turbulence swirls around us.
And that is a state of mind worth aiming for.
- Living Sober, p. 19
Thought to Ponder . . .
Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keep It Serenely Simple.
Power of your thoughts
The focus of your attention enlarges and expands whatever you focus upon. That can either hurt you greatly or help you immensely.
Your complaints, for example, give more power and presence to whatever you complain about. Your love, on the other hand, gives more substance to whatever you love.
Put the focus of your attention not on what you wish to avoid. Instead, constantly direct your attention toward where you would like your life to go.
Your unceasing thoughts have great power. So frame those thoughts in a positive way that will put their power to work for you.
The more you think you are, the more you are. What you do flows surely and steadily from what you think, so keep your thoughts focused on your dreams.
Give life to your best intentions by giving the power of your thoughts to them. Make your dreams real by keeping them constantly in your thoughts.
— Ralph Marston