Pity is the deadliest feeling that can be offered to a person. —Vicki Baum
We must move forward with confidence, trusting that the strength we need will be given us, having faith in our visions to guide us. Problems need not daunt us. Rather, they can spur us on to more creative activity. They challenge our capabilities. They insist that we not stand still.
Pity from others fosters inaction, and passivity invites death of the soul. Instead, our will to live is quickened through others' encouragement. All else dampens the will. Pity feeds the self-pity that rings the death knell.
We can give strokes wherever we are today and know that we are helping someone live. And each time we reach out to encourage another, we are breathing new life into ourselves, new life that holds at bay the self-pity that may appear at any moment.
We can serve one another best, never by commiserating with sadness's, but by celebrating life's challenges. They offer the opportunities necessary to our continued growth.
Someone needs a word of encouragement from me. I will brighten their vision of the future.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.----Montaigne
We know we’ve hurt people. We’ve heard our family cry out from pain we’ve caused them. Because of alcohol and other drugs, we acted like monsters.
But we now live surrounded with love. We now work to make this world better. Recovery is a miracle. The rebirth of our spirit is our miracle.
It’s no wonder we love life the way we do! We’ve been given a second chance. Our joy is overflowing. Our Higher Power must love us very much.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me with the monster that lives within me. I pray it will never again be let out.
Action for the Day: Today, I’ll see myself as a miracle. I’ll be grateful for my new life.
"Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind."
Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior,
whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber,
can claim "soundness of mind" for himself. . . .
. . . and every AA meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity
if we rightly relate ourselves to Him.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 33
Thought to Ponder . . .
I sit at a meeting until the bus of sanity comes by; then, I climb aboard.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = No Other Way.
Live by intention
What can you do today that would create real fulfillment of the purpose you know is yours? Take a deep breath, feel the immense power of your intention, and do it.
How can you bring your own unique beauty and perspective to this moment and to the circumstances in which you find yourself? With a joyous, generous heart, give that beauty expression in your actions right now.
If you live merely by reaction, you’re always playing catch up, and that’s not really living. Choose to live by intention.
When you have a thought or a feeling or a desire, explore it, seek to understand it and to follow where it leads. You can have a positive and meaningful influence on each moment, so take the opportunity to exercise that influence.
Put the special, one-of-a-kind beauty of who you are into practice here, now and always. Fill your days with the value and satisfaction of authentic living.
Live by intention, from the inside out. Do, say and be what you know is truly you.
— Ralph Marston