A musician must make music; an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. —Abraham Maslow
The same is true of a seamstress, carpenter, homemaker, lawyer, or mechanic. The question is, who and what am I? What must I do to be at peace with myself? What can I be, for that is what I must be?
A lucky few of us find the answers to these questions fairly early in life, and we work to develop into the people we can be and must be. We do that by looking at our deepest desires, and ask what would bring fulfillment for us. We ask what we would enjoy doing most, what we believe we have the ability to be really good at. What is it that sometimes burns within us to be expressed or done? The answers to what we can be, what we must be, come from within, through asking ourselves these questions.
What kind of a person am I capable of being?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Dealing with anger
"The most heated bit of letter-writing can be a wonderful safety valve,"
AA co-founder, Bill W. said, "providing the wastebasket is somewhere nearby."
This is a delightful bit of advice about the right way to handle anger.
Writing an angry letter is at least a way of bringing our feelings out so
that we can see them. This is far healthier than the peculiar method of
"Stuffing" one's feelings and pretending that there was no hurt or offense.
But an angry letter, once mailed, can be more destructive than a bullet.
We may live to regret ever having mailed it. It could have unintended
consequences of the worst kind.
our anger. We throw the letter away and let time and wisdom heal the
matter. What usually happen under the guidance of our Higher Power
is that we find a much more satisfactory way of settling whatever has happened.
feelings on paper. But I'll have the good sense not to go further with such outbursts.
We find that our old attitudes need to undergo a drastic change.
Our desires for emotional security and wealth, for personal prestige and power,
for romance, and for family satisfactions -- all these have to be
tempered and redirected. We learned that the satisfaction of instincts
cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives.
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 114
Thought to Ponder . . .
New ideals and new attitudes bring a new life.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.
Live a moment of joy
Live a moment of joy, right here. Live a moment of genuine meaning and fulfillment, right now.
Let go of the assumption that you are striving to get something. Raise your awareness to the point where you can see that your fulfillment is already and always unfolding.
This day is filled with new opportunities for you to discover and express what it means to be alive. This situation gives you countless possibilities for exploring and experiencing what it means to be you.
Take a refreshing step back from the confining labels of frustration and limitation. See that whatever is, is an opportunity for rich fulfillment.
You are the awareness of all you love and value. You are the living embodiment of how it feels to experience fulfillment.
Smile from deep inside, and let the joy flow outward. This is a perfectly beautiful moment to live, so give life the best you have.
— Ralph Marston