Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Every child is an artist. The problem is remain an artist once your grow up.---Pablo Picasso
We each have colorful ideas waiting to be shared. We’re alive inside. But do we let this side of us show? Our disease stole much of the child like openness. Many of us were taught that growing up meant denying the child within us. Many of us grew up in homes where it wasn’t safe to act alive and creative. Whatever the reason, it’s time to claim the child, the artist, in each of us. Each of our programs is different, and each has its artistic touch. When we tell our stories, we share our life. And our lives are unique and alive. The more alive we become, the more color we bring to others and ourselves. Let’s not be afraid to add color to our lives.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me claim the child inside of me. Joy is choice. Help me choose it.
None of us can ever fathom the glories and the uncharted regions of the universe.
But we can live on earth and love one another.
We can let in the beginnings of concern, compassion, consideration,
and watch ourselves grow.
With the tools and guideposts of AA, we can learn a little of this precious gift --
our gateway to human spirituality.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 120
Thought to Ponder . . .
The Three "C's" -- Concern, Compassion, Consideration.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keeping It Simple, Spiritually.
The opportunity of now
It makes no difference what has just happened, or why, or how. Whatever else it may be, it is also an opportunity.
To see the opportunity, stop looking backward and begin looking forward. Let go of your resentment, your contentment, your anger and even your satisfaction.
Focus on what you can now do. Whatever your feelings may be, direct their power toward creating new and meaningful value.
Be ready and willing to challenge your assumptions. This is a new moment, with new realities, so don’t obscure those valuable realities behind outdated assumptions.
As powerful and transformative as the past may have been, this is a new day with its own opportunities. It is now up to you to engage the best of those opportunities and to make the most of them.
You are in a powerful position because you can choose what to do next. Grab the opportunity of now, and move your whole world forward.
— Ralph Marston