If I had to describe something as divine it would be what happens between people when they really get it together. There is a kind of spark that makes it all worthwhile. When you feel that spark, you get a good feeling deep in your gut. —June L. Tapp
How lucky we are, that we can experience that divine spark with one another, and with all recovering women. The program offers us the chance, every moment of our lives from this day forward, to experience divinity. All we are asked to do is be there, for one another, to share fully who we are. Vulnerability gets easier as we learn that we can trust each other, that we can share pain, that it's okay to pull and prod and follow, first you and then me and then her.
What a thrill it is to leave our competition behind! The program bonds us together, and the bond will strengthen each of us, but it can elude us, too. It often does when we forget to be there, in one another's presence, when the opportunity comes.
I need these sparks to nurture my growth, singly and collectively. I will be part of a divine experience today.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
It's surprising how many problems solve themselves when we're willing to turn them over to our Higher
Power. This isn't a self-fulfilling prophecy brought about by suspicious beliefs we can actually find proof of this seemingly providential activity in our lives.
We don't have to convince anybody except ourselves that this process works. What we can prove is that some of our best opportunities come about by what we would call chance or coincidence. Indeed, the first meeting of two AA founders could be called such a chance event.
We need to believe that our Higher Power is working ceaselessly for the upward development of the human race, and Twelve Step programs can be essential forces in this upward development. In our own lives, we can go with this flow of ever-increasing good, as we continue to feel ourselves a part of it.
Action for the Day: I will not wrestle with every problem today. Some problems will be dealt with later and some will seem to solve themselves. I will know that I am part of an upward development that is continuing.
Suppose life deals me one crushing blow after another, none of them deserved.
What can I do about it? Well, I can weep and whine.
If that doesn't improve things, I can get drunk.
And if that doesn't work, I can kill myself.
Or I can accept the situation and live. Those are my only options.
Living appears to be the best; if things should happen to improve,
I will be around to benefit.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 29
Thought to Ponder . . .
The smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.
Live like you love it
Even though it is unpleasant, you can do it if you must. Even if it is difficult and complicated, you can work your way through it when you choose.
Select your path not because it is easy but because it is right, for you, for your world, for your purpose, for your life. Spend your precious time not just to pass the time, but to build meaningful value.
See that in each challenge is a new way to grow stronger. Know that in each problem is an opportunity to move forward.
When the results are not what you expected, that’s no reason to lower your expectations. Instead, learn from the disappointment, raise your expectations even higher, and fashion a more effective approach.
This is your life and this very day is your chance to fill it with real and meaningful substance. This is when you can experience the special beauty and fullness of what it means to be you.
Whatever the constraints, whatever the situation, live like you love it. And you will.
— Ralph Marston