All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live is to love-to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved. —Isadora Duncan
To be unconditionally loved is our birthright, and we are so loved by God. We desire just such a love from one another, and we deserve it; yet, it's a human quality to look for love before giving it. Thus many of us search intently for signs of love.
Too many of us are searching, rather than loving. Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood. Not easy, but so rewarding, to ourselves as well as to the one who is the focus of our love.
Love is a balm that heals. Loving lightens whatever our burdens. It invites our inner joy to emerge. But most of all, it connects us, one with another. Loneliness leaves. We are no longer alienated from our environment. Love is the mortar that holds the human structure together. Without the expression of love, it crumbles. This recovery program has offered us a plan for loving others, as well as ourselves. Love will come to us, just as surely as we give it away.
Each and every expression of love I offer today will make smooth another step I take in this life.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Beauty may be said to be God's trademark in creation.---Henry Ward Beecher
Our addiction was like a veil over our heads. We saw the world as an ugly place.
We saw people as trouble. We thought our drinks and drugs were beautiful. But even they became ugly over time. Life became ugly because we had put distance between our Higher Power and ourselves.
Now we are blessed because the veil is lifted, and we are part of the healing process. We help others step into the beauty of recovery.
Our spirits are again free to seek a relationship with our Higher Power and others. Through these relationships, we get our hope back. This hope help us focus on the beauty of the world. Hope is the rain that helps our souls grow.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, the world is both beautiful and ugly. For to long I only saw the ugly. Help me focus on the beauty.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll keep an eye out for the beauty recovery holds for me. Throughout the day, I'll pray for this.
I am responsible . . .
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,
I want the hand of AA always to be there.
And for that: I am responsible.
- 'Pass It On,' p. 181
Thought to Ponder . . .
Trust God. Clean house. Help others.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = Hope, Encouragement, Love, Patience.
Effort makes the difference
In order to create the product, you must go through the process. Yes, the result is very important, yet without sustained effort there is not going to be a result.
By all means, focus on what you desire to create. And then with your focus firmly fixed, get busy and make the effort.
The value of any achievement cannot be separated from the process of achievement. Working through that process is what makes the achievement worth having.
The dreams and goals set the direction. And then it is the effort that makes it all happen.
Effort is what makes the difference. And that is what makes effort such a substantive and authentic joy.
Welcome the process, welcome the effort, and welcome the price that is paid with your action. By paying that price you receive value that can never be taken away.
— Ralph Marston