Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. —R. L. Evans
Feelings of discouragement are to be expected as part of life. We will have our times of greater energy and hope and our times of feeling depleted and lost. As we mature we learn to see many peaks and valleys across the landscape.
Giving ourselves over to feelings of discouragement is self-indulgent and saps our strength. We cannot see into the future. The dailiness of our lives isn't always dramatic and doesn't usually offer great changes. But we are part of an unfolding process. Looking back over just a week or a month, we can recall troubled times that now seem insignificant. We see other' people and their progress, and we know they too grew just one day at a time and couldn't see what the future would bring them. So we continue - knowing that our process is hopeful - even though we cannot foresee the details of our future.
I have the strength to live through the peaks and valleys and to stay faithful to my recovery.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears---by listening to them. ---Dean Rusk
We hate being told what to think. We like to make up our own minds.
It helps to talk things out with another person who, listens to us.
Someone who care what we think.
We can try to understand them and care about what they think.
When we do this, others start to care what we think too. We share ideas.
closer to agreement. We both feel good.
when to talk today. Work for me and though me. Thanks.
when I really want to talk. I’ll say, “Tell me more about that.” And I’ll listen.
Sobriety is nothing like I thought it would be. At first,
it was one big emotional roller coaster, full of sharp highs and deep lows.
My emotions were new, untested,
and I wasn't entirely certain I wanted to deal with them.
I cried when I should have been laughing. I laughed when I should have cried.
Events I thought were the end of the world turned out to be gifts.
It was all very confusing. Slowly things began to even out.
As I began to take the steps of recovery, my role in the pitiful condition of my life
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 316-317
Thought to Ponder . . .
Recovery is discovery.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S T E P S = Solutions Through Each Postive Step.
Responsibility for living
Value is created not by avoiding the challenges but by working through the challenges. Fulfillment comes not from doing what is easy but from doing what is right.
The person who can most effectively solve your problems is you. The person who is best positioned to create meaningful value in your life is you.
Every real opportunity to achieve comes with a responsibility to make a difference. The richness that is truly yours is the richness you express through your thoughts, your efforts, your commitments and priorities.
No person or possession or circumstance can give you happiness. Yet you can experience as much happiness and fulfillment as you wish, by the way you choose to live.
Stop wishing that someone or something will make life easier for you. Start working to more fully express and fulfill the value that you know is yours to create.
Sure, there are problems, challenges and difficulties. And as you take responsibility for living through them, the richness continues to grow.
— Ralph Marston