Addiction is answering the spiritual calling inside us by going to the wrong address.
other drugs. Not to compulsive spending, gambling, or sex. Not to overeating
or overworking. When we turn to these things to feel better, we’re trading
one addiction for another, we’re going to the “wrong address.”
program. Our friends. Soon, we become part of a network of “safe addresses.”
go to the wrong address anymore.
in my wallet or purse. I’ll list names and day and evening phone numbers of
people who will love and help.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone,
we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85
Thought to Ponder . . .
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.
In an instant
Life can change in an instant, so do everything you can to make that work in your favor. Choose to use this instant to change your world for the better.
Life can change in an instant, and you can be the one who changes it. Even the small, positive actions have beneficial consequences that stretch and multiply far into the future.
This is just one small moment right now. Yet it is an opportunity to have a positive impact, and after it will be another such opportunity, and another, and another.
The power you have is in this instant, right now, ready for you to make use of in a positive way. The influence of what you do today will quite literally shape the future, in ways that go far beyond anything you can imagine.
It’s natural to look at life from the perspective of what has been, yet there’s a much more empowering perspective available to you. Focus your energy on visualizing and feeling how life can be when it is at its best, and use this instant to live in that direction.
From moment to moment, from instant to instant, life changes, and in that change is limitless opportunity. Now is your chance to seize that opportunity, and to bring great value to life in your world.
— Ralph Marston