The first good news each day is that we wake up. We are breathing. Our heats are beating, our minds working. The adventure of living begins. What does the day hold in store? We have no way of knowing what surprises lie in wait for us today.
We may look forward, not just to the expected, but to the unexpected. Whom shall we meet? What will we see? What will we learn? How will we be entertained? What changes to help others will come our way? What chances to love and be loved?
Now that our eyes are opened to today's beauty, let us remain alert for new sights. Let us cry when sad, smile when touched, and laugh at what is funny in a whole new lifetime before us.
What can I be thankful for today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Despite the fact that many of us live turbulent, chaotic lives, we may
find in sobriety that we don't like change. This causes us to seek
our security in familiar places, rather than reach out for the unknown
that lies ahead.
This may not be real security, however, because familiar places and situations
also change. Our resistance to change may simply be the fear of trying
If we find that fear of change is causing us to put up with a situation that's
become unsatisfactory, we need to adjust our attitude toward it.
While we view change as risky, it may be the necessary route for
improvement. Let's start by simply accepting the idea that change is
sometimes necessary. After that, we can expect our Higher Power to guide
us to the new situations that are right for us.
Action for the Day: Today I may find myself fearing change. I'll remind myself that
nothing ever stays the same, and that only change can bring the true good
I'm always seeking.
When we early AAs got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be,
we coined this expression: "Don't try to get too damned good by Thursday!"
That old-time admonition may look like another of those handy alibis
that can excuse us from trying for our best.
Yet a closer view reveals just the contrary.
This is our way of warning against pride-blindness,
and the imaginary perfections that we do not possess.
- The Best of Bill, p. 39
Thought to Ponder . . .
Give me the courage to be imperfect.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P R I D E = Personal Recovery Involves Deflating Ego.
Life moves forward
The challenges show you how powerful and effective you can be when you must be. The positive possibilities give you satisfying and fulfilling ways to make use of your strength.
The difficult times help you to more fully appreciate what you have. The good times help you to see how very much joy is possible.
The disappointments bring you valuable, meaningful and useful experience. The successes give you the confidence to reach even higher.
Those who criticize you offer you priceless feedback and important new perspectives. Those who appreciate what you’ve done give you the encouragement to do even more.
No matter which way the individual events may go, life moves forward. From each and every experience and outcome, there is something of value to be gained.
Instead of worrying or judging or obsessing about what may or may not come, accept and appreciate what does come. Then, with a strong and thankful heart, make good and purposeful use of it all.
— Ralph Marston