Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Happiness is not a place to travel to. It's a way of getting there. —Anonymous
Those of us who climb mountains find joy in reaching the top. However, the climb would not make much sense if there were not things to enjoy on the way up. If we groan and complain, it will be hard to feel joy at the summit. However, if we are able to enjoy each day's journey, it makes all the difference in the world. In the midst of each chore, we can notice the sunset or the unique and beautiful surroundings of each day.
Each of our days is different. Happiness is not a goal we are struggling to reach some time in the future. It is a gift we can give ourselves today. If we enjoy some parts of each day of our hike, we will also feel joy at the summit.
What form will my gift of happiness take today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Let me listen to me and not to them. ---Gertrude Stein
Often we try to please everyone around us. But this may not make us happy, and so we get angry.
We feel taken advantage of.
We may be kind to others, but first we must love ourselves. How? By learning to listen to ourselves. To our dreams. To our higher power. By doing this we’ll be more happy. And those around us will probably be more happy too.
It is possible to have a full and useful life.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 111
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
Think your best thoughts
Your thoughts give specific direction to the immense energy that is your life. So focus those thoughts not on what you fear or detest, but on what you love.
Fill your mind with thoughts of the very best you can imagine. Think your way in the direction of where you truly wish to go.
Your life will faithfully express whatever you genuinely think of it. The highest, most consistently positive thoughts are what will push your life in the most positive and fulfilling direction.
In every moment you are thinking about something. Each of those thoughts is an opportunity to set the direction of your life.
Think thoughts of joy, of love, of healing, compassion and achievement. Where your most persistent thoughts lead, your actions and your life do naturally follow.
Think, with passion and in great detail, of how you wish your world to be. Think your best thoughts, again and again, and bring those thoughts to life.
— Ralph Marston