I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. —Henry David Thoreau
One of the greatest gifts of our lives is the ability to enjoy solitude. Many of us are unable to enjoy this gift. We are too busy - busy with work, with friends, with entertainment.
When we slow down, we find out we can feel peaceful when we are alone. For most of us, solitude is ordinary - we each find our private place and take up our favorite activities: fishing, sewing, writing, building models, and making pictures. These simple activities are so much fun it's hard to figure out why it took us so long to calm down and enjoy them.
Our dreams may be quite ordinary. We can learn how to find them.
What ordinary activities have I been putting off because I think I'm too busy?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
How mush time do we spend trying to “fit in”? Many of us used to care to much what other people thought about us---our clothes, our ideas, our work. Did we drink the right brand, drive the right car, listen to the right music?
In our program, we still have to watch out for fads and peer pressure. We have to ask ourselves if we’re really in touch with our Higher Power. Are we searching for a sponsor who has inner peace
and direction? Or do we look for people who are like our old using friends? As we learn to find our own way of following our Higher Power, we need to be okay with being different.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be the best me I can be today.
We aren't a glum lot.
If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. . . .
So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness.
Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment
over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past.
But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered,
and have been given the power to help others.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132
Thought to Ponder . . .
Take time to laugh -- it is the music of the soul.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = Tears, Laughter, Caring.
Go ahead and feel like it
Is there something you must do but you don’t feel like doing it? The best way to feel like doing something is to go ahead and get started on it.
Sure, you may not feel like it, but don’t let that stop you. In fact, you can choose to let that prompt you to get started.
You don’t have to make your feelings into an excuse. You can feel however you wish to feel.
So choose the feeling that will move your life positively forward. Choose the feeling that will get you going.
There may indeed be many factors working against you. Don’t add to that list by working against yourself.
Go ahead, feel like it, and get busy working on it. Soon, you’ll be genuinely feeling very glad you did.
— Ralph Marston