Love thy neighbor as thyself, but choose your neighbor.---Louise Beal
In our program, we learn a lot about loving ourselves. Then we start to see how this helps us love our neighbors. We learn to love ourselves honestly, seeing our strengths and our weaknesses. We learn to see others honestly . We learn how much to trust ourselves and when to get extra help. We learn how much to trust others too. We learn to love ourselves with a love that’s honest and challenging. We learn to love others this way too. We learn to care about others without losing our common sense. We learn to protect our spirits from harm.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me see others clearly. Help me love them. But help me choose carefully who I trust.
Action for the Day: Today, I’ll list three people I trust the most, and I’ll write down why.
I need power each day, because I get weary...
...I don't want to stare out my window in total despair any more.
The ocean and the sun and the trees and all the fantastic beauty
that God has created have finally become real to me.
I crave and need the presence of nature. . .
. . and now I know that it is possible to overcome fear.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 103
Thought to Ponder . . .
The power within me is far greater than any fear before me.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K = The Happiness I Never Knew.
You don’t have to
You don’t have to prove anything to anybody. You don’t have to live in fear of what others might think.
You don’t have to continue holding on to the negative habits and thought patterns that have held you back. You don’t have to keep living under the outdated assumptions that have closed your eyes to some of the best possibilities.
You don’t have to weigh yourself down with anger, resentment, fear or frustration. You don’t have to settle for less than the very best you can be.
You can live, you can give, you can love and achieve. You can take this very moment, with whatever it may hold, and transform it into a positive, enriching, fulfilling experience.
You can feel the truth and beauty of your authentic purpose, and take action to follow that purpose. You can let go of all the burdens you’ve imposed on yourself, and live this day with a powerful, newfound appreciation for all you have.
You can choose right now to meet each challenge with positive passion and enthusiasm for the best, most meaningful possibilities. You can choose, again and again, to truly live life on your own best terms.
— Ralph Marston