Probably every day of our lives, a plan goes awry. Often we have counted heavily on a particular outcome. We generally assume we have all things under control and know exactly what's best for us, and everyone else as well. But such is not the case. There is a bigger picture than the one we see. The outcome of that picture is out of our hands.
Our vision is limited, and again divinely so. However, we are able to see all that we need to see, today. And more important, if we can trust our inner guidance regarding the events of today, we'll begin to see how each day fills in a shade more of the bigger picture of our lives. In retrospect we can see how all events have contributed, in important ways, to the women we are becoming. Where today's events are leading we can't know, for certain, but we can trust the divine plan.
I will anticipate with faith what lies ahead today. All experiences carry me forward to fulfill my goal in life. I will be alert for the nudge.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
It is all but impossible for some people to make the simple admission, I was wrong.
We might have a problem with such admissions because we tend to believe that
they place us at a disadvantage.
The reality is that the sooner we can admit a wrong, the more rapidly it can
be corrected and put behind us. The refusal to admit a wrong, the more
rapidly it can be corrected and put behind us. The refusal to admit a
wrong means making more of the same mistakes, thus bringing further harm
to ourselves and others.
We may have trouble admitting a wrong because we once faced excessive
punishments when we were found wrong. We can find our true course
by realizing that admission of our wrongs is the route to well-being and
Action for the Day: I'll continue to take every opportunity to learn when I might be
wrong, thus helping to avoid such mistakes in the future.
I ran into a personal crisis that filled me with a raging and righteous anger.
And as I fumed helplessly and planned to get good and drunk and show them,
my eye caught a sentence in the book lying open on my bed:
"We cannot live with anger."
The walls crumpled -- and the light streamed in. I wasn't trapped.
I wasn't helpless. I was free, and I didn't have to drink to "show them."
This wasn't "religion" -- this was freedom! Freedom from anger and fear,
freedom to know happiness, and freedom to know love.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 206
Thought to Ponder . . .
Anger is the wind that blows out the light of reason.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A N G E R = A Negative Grudge Endangers Recovery.
Make the best
You won’t always get the best, yet you can always make the best from whatever you get. You won’t always get your way, yet you can always make your way forward no matter what.
Even when the situation is not perfect, you can make the best of it. Even when the initial outcome is not ideal, you can make the best of it.
Instead of wishing for what could have been, choose to effectively and successfully deal with what is. Instead of assigning blame, assign yourself the task of finding and implementing a positive way forward.
You can choose where you’re headed, no matter where you’re coming from. Stop wasting energy fighting against what has already happened, and apply that energy toward a positive purpose.
Focus your awareness and your efforts on the most positive, desirable outcome. Make the best of the situation where you find yourself by visualizing and following a path to whatever you truly desire.
You deserve the best, and you deserve the positive, enriching experience of bringing it about. So whatever comes your way, make the best of it, and give yourself the positive outcome you deserve to enjoy.
— Ralph Marston