Growing is like running a twenty-six mile marathon. If we give up on the twenty-fourth mile, we will never know what it feels like to finish the race. —Anonymous
There will be times in our growth when we will want to give up. Our pain seems to have no end to it. In a sense, we are like the runner of a marathon on her twenty-fourth mile. She may think she cannot finish the race; she may lose her ability to see things as they are.
If she can remember previous successes, she will no doubt make the decision to go on, to at least give the race her best shot. It does not matter how may people come in before or after her. It matters only that she has not given up. When she crosses the finish line, the pain turns quickly into joy.
When we refuse to give up, we give ourselves an accomplishment we can rejoice in, the reward of knowing we have done our best.
What can I finish that I gave up on earlier?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
The best way to know God is to love many things.---Vincent Van Gogh
Now that we're in recovery, we're learning to love people. We're learning to love nature.
We're learning to love new ideas about life. The result? We love the way we feel now that we're taking care of ourselves.
Somewhat to our surprise, staying sober turns out not to be the grim,
wet-blanket experience we had expected!
While we were drinking and using, a life without drug and/or alcohol seemed like no life at all.
But for most members of AA, living sober is really living -- a joyous experience.
We much prefer it to the troubles we had with drinking.
One more not: anyone can get sober. We have done it lots of times.
The trick is to stay and to live sober.
- Living Sober, Preface
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
You have great courage. Use it.
Whenever you feel fear, you are also feeling your potential for courage. Go ahead, feel the fear, and then let that courage of yours spring to life.
The fact that you can feel the fear means you also have the courage to get beyond it. Otherwise, the fear would serve no useful purpose.
Put that fear to good use by allowing it to ignite your courage. Put that courage to good use by utilizing it to move toward positive, meaningful objectives.
Feel the fear and know it means you have the courage. Learn from that fear and then step forward with all that courage.
The beginning of courage feels like fear. Follow through on that feeling, let the courage come, and with it you will achieve great things.
— Ralph Marston