The more flexible our lives, the more easily we'll be attracted to an unexpected opportunity. And flexibility is fostered by a loving posture. As we approach the world, so it greets us. We are not mere recipients of life's trials and tribulations. We find what our eyes are wanting to see. When our focus is rigid and narrow, so are our opportunities.
The Steps are leading us to be freer with our love, more tolerant in our expectations. The level of our compassion, fully felt and fully expressed, is the measure of our emotional health. Rigid attitudes, rigid behavior, rigid expectations of others recede as the level of our emotional health rises. Our approach to life changes and so do the results we meet.
The wise have always known that no one can make much of his life
until self-searching becomes a regular habit,
until he is able to admit what he finds,
and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 88
Thought to Ponder . . .
Patience is passion tamed.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P U T = Patience, Understanding, Tolerance.
Always a way
Changing conditions may change the path to fulfillment of your dreams, or even the nature of that fulfillment. Yet the essence of your underlying purpose remains the same.
What could have been, can still be. At its deepest level, no dream is ever rendered impossible.
There is always a way to live the life you choose. There is always a way to express your own beautiful, most authentic vision.
Dare to dream, and dare to live with the confidence that your dream will come true. When it means enough to you, there is a way for it to come about.
Plan and execute your approach. And if the plan happens to fall short, know that there is most certainly another way.
Don’t hold yourself back with limiting thoughts about how it might or might not happen. Push yourself forward with enthusiastic, positive expectations and actions, and bring the dream to life.
— Ralph Marston