The important thing is not to conquer but to have fought at all. —Olympic motto
People come from all over the world to participate in the Olympics, and they come with a wide range of talent. A lot of them know they will not win a medal, yet they have trained hard for their event. They meet people from all corners of the earth who love the same activity.
There is a contagious joy and excitement the athletes share in their time together. It is a sense that the sharing of worldwide joy and peace is indeed possible.
Whether we succeed or fail in what we do is not the essential thing. What is important is the heart with which we live our lives.
If I could share something with the world, what would it be?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Adventure is not outside a man; it is within.---David Grayson
Sobriety. It's an exciting adventure. It's a spiritual adventure. We look inward. We find where our Higher Power lives: within us. We then reach outward. We share our joy with others. Not with words and preaching, but by trying to help others. Sobriety is faith turned into action.
Sobriety. It's an adventure in coming to know one's self. At times, we'll have to face our fears. But we'll also find just how much love we have for life.
Sobriety. It's as if we're on a trip. Our Higher Power holds the map. Our job is to listen. And we go in the direction we're told.
Prayer for the Day: I pray to be an adventurer. Higher Power, I pray to follow Your direction.
Action for the Day: I'll ask some friends to tell me about an adventure their Higher Power has taken them on.
When I showed up at your doors, you kept it very simple for me.
You said, "Don't drink, go to meetings, get a sponsor, and keep coming back."
You said that if I did this, things would get better.
You didn't tell me when but I believed you just the same.
There was no evaluation process, no fees to pay, no people I needed to see,
or appointments that I needed to make.
I just showed up at the meetings and you loved me. I was an alcoholic
who wanted a new way of life, and that is all you cared about.
- Thank You for Sharing, p. 88
Thought to Ponder . . .
While it isn't always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keep It Serenely Simple.
You’ve been disappointed, and fallen short of the mark. But that was yesterday, and this is today.
Perhaps you weren’t as effective as you could have been, and didn’t discipline yourself as much as you could have done. But that was yesterday, and this is a new day.
Every shortcoming and every disappointment is now in your past. Though their effects may linger for a while, now is your opportunity to start moving beyond them.
You’ve learned some painful, yet valuable lessons. Now you can put those lessons to positive use.
This is a new day, with opportunities for you to act in new, more meaningful and effective ways. This is when you can work to transform your past experience, whatever it may have been, into present value.
No matter what has brought you here, embrace this day. For now you are free to create more good and meaningful substance in your world.
— Ralph Marston