Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more. --Malvina Reynolds
The abundant life appeals to us. Seldom do we want less money, fewer toys, clothes, or friends. In general, we want more of everything and still more - particularly of love. The truth is that the things we hoard or hide or fear losing must be shared or soon may be lost.
Giving love to a lover, a friend, or even a stranger will fill up our own empty spaces where love wants to be. And we'll glow radiantly with the warmth that hovers on the heels of love expressed.
The pantry of the human heart is never bare when love is being served. We pass this way with one another, not by mere chance, but by design for the nourishment that is love.
Our greatest hope, to be loved, is ours when we've made that hope a reality for someone else.
From the book Worthy of Love by Karen Casey
The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.---Bernard Malamud
Sobriety is freedom. With this freedom, we have a responsibility to help other addicts who still suffer. The program tells us this in Step Twelve. We do this by telling our stories and offering hope.
Tradition Five of the Twelve Traditions says, “Each group has but one primary purpose---to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.” It means we get better by helping others.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me create more freedom. Bring me to where I’m needed. Help me carry the message well.
Action for the Day: Today, I’ll think of ways I can help the addict who still suffers. Then I’ll chose one way I can be of help. I’ll talk with my sponsor about it, and I’ll follow through with my plan.
Somewhat to our surprise, staying sober turns out not to be the grim,
wet-blanket experience we had expected!
While we were drinking/using, a life without alcohol and/or drugs 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 or using.
- Living Sober, Foreword
Thought to Ponder . . .
When we try to control our drinking or druging, we have already lost control.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
A life with no problems
The difficulties are not what make life so difficult. What makes life difficult is trying to avoid the difficulties.
When you can accept that life is always going to have difficulties, it becomes much less difficult. When you stop running from the challenges, they become much less challenging.
Living a good life is not living a life without problems. Living a good life comes from acknowledging, facing, and then transcending each problem as it comes.
If you let the problems get you down, you’ll always be down. Choose instead to let the problems get you up, get you going, and get you working on solving them.
Choose, in fact, to be thankful for the problems. For in each problem is a new opportunity to create value and to move life forward.
A life with no problems is no life at all. Live with the problems, work successfully through the problems, and enjoy a rich and fulfilling life.
— Ralph Marston