Our feelings will often serve as good guides in determining what course
of action we ought to follow. If there is a persistent feeling of discomfort
about any situation, we should ask ourselves why we are feeling this way.
Perhaps it’s because we are involved with people or activities that are not
right for us.
In the same way, we will feel drawn to certain people and activities. This is
undoubtedly because we’re in tune with these people or activities. In such
circumstances, we can say that we are “seeking our own.” With our unique
temperaments and abilities, we fit better in certain places and with certain
groups of people than others.
is a case of seeking and finding our own. This must certainly strengthen
and enhance our program.
Life is an incredible totality that ranges from good to evil, from beauty to horror,
from bliss to agony. One extreme cannot exist without the other.
There would be no music if high C were the only note,
no art if spectrum red were the only color,
no joy in pleasure if pleasure were the only feeling -- and, paradoxically,
there would be no perfection without imperfection.
What does this mean to me? Well, first it means that I don't have to be perfect.
All I have to do is grow at a pace natural to me
-- and that is all I have a right to expect of others.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], pp. 60-61
Thought to Ponder . . .
Give me the courage to be imperfect.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.
What you do best
You can achieve whatever you choose to achieve. The process begins when you truly make the decision and commitment to do it.
The tools are there, and the resources and energy are available. Your main job is to provide the what and the why, the vision and the reason.
Although no significant achievement is easy, whatever you envision is absolutely possible. You owe it to that vision, to yourself and to all of life to transform the possibility into reality.
As each day passes, you must spend your time, your energy and your efforts on one thing or another. Choose then, to invest yourself in something that truly matters.
You are equipped and inclined and eager to achieve, so focus on a goal that has real meaning, and follow it. Remember that your desire to attain the goal is also a desire to go through the enriching, fulfilling process of reaching that goal.
Achievement is what you do best, so take the opportunity to do it. Fill your days with achievement, and give yourself the meaning and fulfillment you desire and deserve.
— Ralph Marston