There is no greater weakness than stubbornness. If you cannot yield, if you cannot learn that there must be compromise in life - you lose. —Maxwell Maltz
Glass is very hard, but fragile. By contrast, leather is tough and resilient. A blow to a glass dish will break it, but a blow to a shoe will just be absorbed. Our program leads us to avoid the folly of being hard like glass, and we become tougher like leather. We must endure surprises, pressures, and blows from the world as a normal part of life. The more able we are to absorb the blows, the stronger and more whole we are as men.
A friend who has a different opinion from ours can be listened to and his ideas considered. There is no need to compete with him or prove that we are right. When our plan for a project at work gets set aside, we will feel the frustration but we need not come apart over it. Perhaps our Higher Power is leading us to a better plan. Frustrations with spouses or friends can be turned over to our Higher Power. We do not have a rigid recipe for life, and we must be open to more learning.
I will surrender my fragile stubbornness in exchange for the toughness I can learn in compromise.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
The glib remark "Life is Unfair" is sometimes used to dismiss any concern about trouble or seeming injustice. This usually implies that all such matters are part of God's plan..... that somehow God couldn't create life without making it unfair. But nobody really knows whether life is unfair or not, since what we see
is only a small part of it.
life can be and make the best of the opportunities we have.
this to be outworking of divine justice that has proved to be eminently fair. As one AA member put it, It was a case of one of the worst things becoming one of the best that ever happened to me !
Sobriety has become for me an all-inclusive term. It means everything
from not taking the first drink to enjoying the present twenty-four hours.
I learned that when I stopped trying to analyze AA or God
I found both sobriety and a Higher Power.
I also realized that I could easily have found sobriety and God
by honestly saying, "God, I am so confused -- please help me."
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 41
Thought to Ponder . . .
In the depth of winter I finally learned
that there was in me an invincible summer.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
Make the richness even richer
Look around you right now, and celebrate the existence and experience of all you see. In every corner of every situation is much for which to be thankful.
The unique and priceless miracle that is your life gains more value and substance with every moment. Now is your opportunity to live that value in new and creative ways.
In each challenge is the power to make a meaningful difference. With every interaction comes the chance to affirm life’s goodness in your own special way.
Feel the love that lives within you. It is yours to live and to give, no matter what.
Look around you, and let everything you see remind you of how truly fortunate you are. Feel the real power you have to make meaningful and loving use of that good fortune.
You are here right now to do great and wonderful things. With a thankful heart, make the richness even richer by your joyous living of it.
— Ralph Marston