It is often easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them---Adlai Stevenson
It easy to talk about our values. But when the clerk at the store gives extra change
my mistake, those values get put to the test. It feels good to read about spirituality
in a comfortable chair at home. But when we get stuck in a traffic jam, it’s hard to
live by our values.
That’s why practicing our program daily helps. Practice prepares us for the tough times.
Maybe we’ll feel like drinking or using other drugs once a year. Maybe we’ll only
get the wrong amount of change once a year. But if we live our values daily, we’ll be
ready when the hard times come. Remember: “It’s not enough to talk the talk. You
have to walk the walk.”
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me live this program each day. Help me
“walk the walk.”
Action for the Day: Today, I’ll do a Step Ten, Taking an inventory tells me if I’m
living up to my values.
In every AA story, pain has been the price of admission into a new life.
But this admission price purchased more than we expected.
It led us to a measure of humility,
which we soon discovered to be a healer of pain.
We began to fear pain less, and desire humility more than ever.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 291
Thought to Ponder . . .
Pain nourishes courage.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time.
Simply be happy
If you want to be helpful, be happy. If you want to be successful, be happy.
Happiness is not the result of a life well lived. Happiness is the fuel for a life well lived.
If you won’t let yourself be happy, you can’t be happy. Yet when you simply allow happiness, nothing can keep it from you.
But isn’t it naive to be happy when there are problems and tragedies, disappointments and obstacles throughout life? Actually, it is a sense of happiness and positive self worth that will push you successfully through even the most difficult challenges.
You don’t have to justify your happiness, or explain it or be ashamed of it. Just let it be, and let its power create real, meaningful value in your world.
In fact, there’s nothing you must be happy about. Simply be happy, and let your authentic joy lift your whole world higher.
— Ralph Marston