Praise and an attitude of gratitude are unbeatable stimulators . . . we increase whatever we extol. —Sylvia Stitt Edwards
What outlook are we carrying forth into the day ahead? Are we feeling fearful about the circumstances confronting us? Do we dread a planned meeting? Are we worried about the welfare of a friend or lover? Whatever our present outlook, its power over the outcome of our day is profound. Our attitude in regard to any situation attracting our attention influences the outcome. Sometimes to our favor, often to our disfavor if our attitude is negative.
Thankfulness toward life guarantees the rewards we desire, the rewards we seek too often from an ungrateful stance. The feeling of gratitude is foreign to many of us. We came to this program feeling worthless, sometimes rejected, frequently depressed. It seemed life had heaped problems in our laps, and so it had. The more we lamented what life "gave us," the more reasons we were given to lament. We got just what we expected. We still get just what we expect. The difference is that the program has offered us the key to higher expectations. Gratitude for the good in our lives increases the good.
I have the personal power to influence my day; I will make it a good one.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
ride worthwhile. ---Franklin Jones
Before recovery, anger, self-pity, and sadness often filled our hearts.
The world went on. We came to hate the ride.
caring about what happens to other people. Love is what makes the
ride worth it
matter to others. For many of us, we learn how to love in our meetings.
The program teaches love because the program is love.
others into my life. Love brings me closer to my Higher Power.
The saving grace of God doesn't come like a bolt out of the blue.
It comes through, in, and from other suffering, as well as rescued souls
like you and me.
I am happy to be a part of a living and growing fellowship with an infallible
heartbeat. Divine power is the pulse of AA, and it doesn't change,
no matter how errant and foolish we mortals be.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 94
Thought to Ponder . . .
The will of my Higher Power will never take me where the grace of my Higher Power will not protect me.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G R A C E = Gently Releasing All Conscious Expectations.
Value from your moments
Value has no limit. No matter how much value you’ve already created, you can always use your time and effort to create more.
Value has no minimum threshold. Even if you start with nothing but an intention, by applying action, commitment and persistence you can bring real value to life.
Value has no set form. The value you build in your life can be as unique as you are.
Value never goes out of style. When you’re committed to creating meaningful value, you’ll always have the opportunity to do meaningful, rewarding work.
Value is never out of reach. The moment you envision some specific form of value, you can begin to make it real.
Take this day, this hour, this situation, and bring value to it in your own special way. Make value from your moments and add great richness to your world.
— Ralph Marston