When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or the life of another. —Helen Keller
It is a great loss when we underestimate the importance of our efforts in the life of another. One man, who had to spend some time in a hospital, waited day after day to receive a card or a telephone call from those who cared. Some people, who he expected to call or write, did not. Others, who the man had not felt close to, and whom he did not expect to hear from, surprised him with their concern. He came to place greater value on those who had cared enough to call or send a card.
A little act, the best we have at that moment, makes a big difference to the person on the other end. Knowing this helps us make sure that all our acts, even the smallest, are as good as we can make them, because they all make a difference.
What small acts of those around me have made a difference to me?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
. . . he who finds himself loses his misery. Matthew Arnold
We have lost a lot of misery. In it’s place inside us, a spirit grows. . .
as love is added.
Especially self-love. In our illness, we came to hate ourselves. It was
really our illness we hated. We couldn’t find ourselves. All we saw was
what others saw---our illness.
In recovery, we’ve found ourselves again. We’ve found we’re good people.
We’ve also come to love the world around us. We see we have something
to offer this world---ourselves.
Why? Because we have found ourselves.
Prayer for the Day: I’m so glad to be alive. At times life hurts, but, in living,
I found You. Thank-you Higher Power. I pray that we may always be close.
Action for the Day: I will list ten great things I’ve discovered about myself
My brilliant agnosticism vanished and I saw for the first time
that those who really believed, or at least honestly tried
to find a Power greater than themselves,
were much more composed and contented than I had ever been,
and they seemed to have a degree of happiness I had never known.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 229
Thought to Ponder . . .
Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Accept, Belief, Change.
Making it so
Life can be exciting in a good way, and yet it doesn’t have to be exciting to be good. It’s nice when life is pleasant, and yet life doesn’t have to be pleasant to be rich and fulfilling.
It can be helpful when things go your way. However, a little disappointment, or even a lot, is not the end of the world.
The fact is, you can treasure and enjoy life no matter what it brings. You can find real, enriching value in each moment and in every experience.
Don’t be too quick to place judgments on events as they unfold. What initially seems like it might hurt you, may very well end up helping you.
Life is largely what you make of it. Choose to see the possibilities for progress in each turn of events, and you’ll he able to make great progress.
Instead of worrying about what has happened or what might happen, get busy working to influence what does happen. Life is great when you commit to making it so.
— Ralph Marston